Mr David Abuluya, the Proprietor of Nacabs Polytechnic, Akwanga, Nasarawa State, has urged the State Government to declare state of emergency in science education.
Mr David Abuluya made the call on Friday at the sixth matriculation ceremony of 400 new students for the 2017/2018 of the institution in Akwanga.
Abuluya said this was necessary considering the deteriorating state of science education in the country.
He also noted that the state would be completely left out of science and technology in this technological era of computerisation if an emergency status was not declared in science education.
“This is an appeal to the Federal and Nasarawa State Governments to declare state of emergency in science education in the country and state.
“Science education is deteriorating if state of emergency is not declared. This state will be completely left out science and technology in this technological era of world computerisation.
“Few years of existence of Nacabs Polytechnic Akwanga, we produced four best students from this prestigious institution that developed some software from Computer Science and Computer Engineering Departments who are presently studying in USA, UK and Israel.
“Through some multinational cooperation where they are working, all of these graduates are from other states, none from Nasarawa state.
“Moreso, hardly you will see in science and technology for lack of science education combination,” he said.
Abuluya also appealed to the state government to assist the school and other private tertiary institutions with grant in order to improve on the standard of education in the state.
“Private tertiary institutions are contributing largely to the development of the state in capacity building.
“Also they are curbing crime in the society through employment of graduates and non-graduates as well as reducing the number of applicants seeking for admission into tertiary institutions,” he said.
He further appealed to the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) to allow private polytechnics access to candidates as an inclusive policy or make it easy for candidates to accept their choices of institutions.
“Otherwise it should review accessibility policies and update new platform for admission system in Nigeria to cater for large number of candidates not admitted in the subsequent admission to avert what had happened.
“Private polytechnics in Nigeria had a serious setback in 2017/2018 session admission, from 44 private polytechnics in Nigeria, no single polytechnic is proud to have 100 students direct from JAMB as obtainable in last year’s admission.
“Private polytechnic have not met its carry capacity as been directed by the regulatory body as result of porous admission policy and system, leaving large number of candidates without admission in 2017/2018.
“Hence the need for the appeal to JAMB in that direction,” he said.
While congratulating the matriculated students, the proprietor however enjoined them to “remember where you came from, where you are and what lies ahead of you.
“Attend your classes, respect yourselves and shun misbehavior, examination malpractice and other nefarious activities”.
Earlier, Mr Anthony Danboyi, the Registrar of the polytechnic, while administering matriculating oath on the new students urged them to respect school rules and regulations in their interest.
He warned that the school authority would sanction any erring student to serve as deterrent to others in the interest of the education sector.