Kwara State Polytechnic, Ilorin narrowly missed out of the top 10 in the latest ranking of the Nigerian Polytechnics by the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE).
Out of the 112 polytechnics consisting of 27 Federal Polytechnics, 42 State Polytechnics and 43 private Polytechnics that were ranked by the NBTE, Kwara Poly is placed 14 on the log.
Federal Polytechnic, Nekede lead the pack, followed by Federal Polytechnic, Ilaro and Kaduna Polytechnic, Kaduna with the Polytechnic Ibadan placing 4th on the table.
Meanwhile, the Federal Polytechnic Offa, made the cut in 8th position on the log and are closely followed by Rufus Giwa Polytechnic and Yaba College of Technology in 9th and 10th position respectively.
The polytechnics were ranked based on the total number of programmes with full accreditation by the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) in the last two years and the percentage of programmes with full accreditation by NBTE in the last two years.
Also, they are ranked based on the proportion of academic staff showing the right mix at the departmental level for institution i.e Chief Lecturer, Principal Lecturer and its equivalent down to the Assistant Lecturer or its equivalent.
Other decisive factors include; Ability of the institutions to introduce programmes in new and emerging fields, capacity building of staff both within and outside Nigeria, teaching quality including staff/student ratio, teaching quality –ration of full-time to part-time staff and availability of current Campus Master Plan, Strategic Plan and academic brief among others.
A ratio of 0-5 was used to score each criteria and weight of 1-3 was applied according to the relative importance of the criteria to arrive at total score obtained and the percentage score.
Top 10 Nigerian Polytechnics, 2018
1. Federal Poly, Nekede
2. Federal Poly, Ilaro
3. Kaduna Poly, Kaduna
4. The Polytechnic Ibadan
5. Federal Poly, Bida
6. Auchi Poly, Auchi
7. Inst. of Mgmt & Tech, Enugu
8. Federal Poly, Offa
9. Rufus Giwa Poly, Owo