Abuja - The Cross River State has entered into a partnership with the United Kingdom-based Highbury College in a move that will culminate in the European institution drawing the curriculum for the state’s polytechnic.
The Cross River Polytechnic is scheduled to open in October.
Speaking at a Conference on World-Class TVET Eco-system Project in Calabar, Cross River Governor, Liyel Imoke, said the state was partnering with the 50-year-old college, based in Portsmouth, because it was the "best" vocational institution in the United Kingdom and thus the curriculum would ensure that graduates of the polytechnic were employable.
Imoke described as unacceptable, a situation where Nigerian universities churned out graduates, who are unemployable.
He noted that over time, the quality of education in the country had nosedived thus making it necessary for such kinds of partnerships if the trend was to be curbed.
Imoke said such alliances would enhance ongoing education reforms.
“The reforms in the education sector are yielding results. There is a need for us to work harder to better the results going forward. We want to sustain the partnership and build on it, because the focus is to ensure Cross River State graduates are employable to make a difference in the economy,” he said.
The Principal of Highbury College, Stella Mbubaegbu, who commended Imoke for his commitment to the development of the education sector, hailed the newly-forged ties with Cross River.
“The partnership is a new dawn that would make a difference in the sector,” she said.
– CAJ News