The Vice Chancellor, Bells University of Technology Professor Jeremiah Ojediran, said that Polytechnics have lost their mandate of training middle class manpower for national growth.
He disclosed this in Ota while addressing people at a press conference to herald the ninth convocation ceremony of the institution.
The don explained that the Federal Government came up with the idea of federal universities of technology when polytechnic education has failed to train middle class citizens.
He noted that too much emphasis had been; placed on certificates at the expense of good skills acquisition.
Ojediran said; The polytechnic has lost its mandate. I know what i’am saying. I worked as a lecturer in a polytechnic for eight years before joining the university system in 1992.
They are; meant to produce middle class manpower for the country, instead, they are; struggling to write papers and what have you, like the universities. As an escape route, the government came up with the University of Technology, where students are; trained to use their hands practical and effectively.
He added that graduates of the university had continued to contribute positively; to solving some of the challenges confronting the society for meaningful development.
Ojediran said a total of 384 students would be; graduating from various disciplines in the first degree programmes and 57 from the postgraduates.