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The polytechnics were initially established to bridge the technological gap in Nigeria and to be centers of technological and technical acquisition and growth. In recent years this laudable goal seems to be shifting with the clamor by most for University status for these institutions and by their foray into otherwise non-technological disciplines. This notwithstanding, the Federal government set up the National Board for Technical Education (NABTE) to serve as the regulator of polytechnic education in the country. All polytechnics must therefore meet up with all the basic requirements outlined by NABTE before registration and approval can be given. To get details on this and other issues on polytechnic education, visit www.nabte.gov.ng or contact NABTE enquiries@nabte.gov.ng

Generally, the following are requirements for setting up a Polytechnic.

1. The names and background of the proprietors
2. Justification for the establishment of the college
3. Target set of students
4. Funding for the college
5. Location and description of property for the school.


All the colleges of education in the country are approved by the National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE). This is a parastatal under the federal ministry of education and saddled with responsibility of monitoring, supervision and regulating the colleges of education, which are the teacher training centers of the Nation.

All intending proprietors and investors in this area must contact the Commission at www.ncceonline.org as the run a dynamic system to keep track with the dynamic nature of student training. info@ncceonline.org

Generally, the following are requirements for setting up a College of Education.

1. The names and background of the proprietors
2. Justification for the establishment of the college
3. Target set of students
4. Funding for the college
5. Location and description of property for the school.

General Requirements for the Establishment of A College Of Education in Nigeria.

2.1 A proposed institution must have enabling decree or edict or bye-laws if it is Federal or state or Local Government owned respectively, and in the case of a privately owned institution, it must have an enabling decree or edict.

2.2 The academics structure and spread of discipline shall cater for areas of felt needs. However for NCE awarding institutions, the approved nomenclature is as follows:


Proprietors can however choose their own areas of emphasis. Details of academic offerings and other programmers’ are available at the national commission for colleges of education. The commission shall ascertain through resource visit (which come four months before takeoff) and be satisfied that the fixed and enabling assets i.e. funds, land, movable and immovable assets are appropriate for stabling the institution in the light of:

I. The type of institution

II. The philosophy and objectives (a well articulated set of objectives which may be original and innovative and in consonance with the socio-economic and political aspirations of Nigeria)

III. Contemporary cost of goods and services.

It is after the resource visit that provisional approval may be given. Final approval will be given after all relevant observations during the resource visit have been rectified.

2.3 That the applicant shall supply a concrete and guaranteed source of financial support to the college at the tune of N250 million over a period of 5 years. The proposed institution shall have a clearly spelt out master plan for infrastructure and programme development for at least 20-25 years with a view of making provision for:

a) Space aesthetics and fixed assets

b) Minimum land area of 25 hectares on a salutary site.

2.4 The site distance from an urban complex shall take into account availability of municipal services such as water, transportation, communication etc. the institution shall have a clear policy on student and staff accommodation welfare in terms of training and catering, health and recreational facilities.

2.5 A proposed institution shall have adequate enrolment base and shall be open to all Nigerians irrespective of ethnic, social, religious or political bias.

2.6 Accordingly, its laws and status shall not conflict with the conventional responsibilities in the academic or interfere with avowed traditional and institutional autonomy.

2.7 The administrative structure of the proposed institution shall not depart too radically from the established norms in other to sustain credibility and confidence.

2.8 Admissions into ALL NCE programmes are done through JAMB for all federal/state and private colleges. The general admission requirements shall comply with the NCCE minimum standards.

2.9 Evidence shall be produced to shown that the college would be provided with the following:

a) Adequate funding(capital and recurrent)

b) Academic/support staff, staff/student ratio based on the courses contemplated.

3.0 Key Structures

3.0.1 The proposed institution shall have a college library whose capacity shall be able to seat at least one quarter of the student population. The college library shall have a foundation collection of minimum of 3000 volumes/tittles irrespective of its size, and such library shall have books 10 times the student population. It shall have reprographic, bindery and other facilities.

3.0.2 Centre for educational technology is an essential requirement for any NCE awarding institution. Others such as classroom, laboratories, workshops, studios, field and pitches etc shall be provided according to the subject offerings.

In planning the academic and physical programmes, the proposed institution shall comply with the prescribed minimum usable space, for example:

a) Provost’s office - 40m2
b) Deputy provost’s office - 35m2
c) Other principal officer’s office - 30m2
d) Director’s/chief lecturer’s/deans - 25m2
e) Head of department - 20m2
f) Teaching staff/senior admin staff - 18m2
g) Other lecturers ` - 13.5m2
h) Lecture Rooms - 54m2
i) Micro teaching Laboratory - 144m2
j) Educational Resource Center - 72m2
k) Language Laboratory - 90m2
l) Science Laboratory - 144m2(capacity 30)
m) Workshop studios - 150-21m2(capacity 30)
n) Technical workshops - 150-324m2(capacity 30)
o) Lecture Theatre - To accommodate 1000 stude
p) College clinic

Capital Project Implementation Guide for Colleges of Education can be obtained from the NCCE

4.0 Personnel

4.1 The chief executive officer of the college (provost) must possess at least a master’s degree in a teaching and a professional teaching qualification which shall be any of the following:

NCE/PGDE/TTC/B.A ED/B.Ed/M.sc.Ed/M.Ed and or doctorate degree.

He shall have principal officers like registrar, bursar, college librarian, and director of works.

4.2 All teaching staff must be professionally qualified teachers in addition to their academic qualifications. A minimum of second class lower bachelor’s degree may be employed on training in the relevant disciplines.

4.3 A qualified medical doctor must be employed to head the clinic where such exist.

4.4 All the schools should have appropriate administrative staff i.e. typist, administrative assistants, curators, and technicians, etc

All prospective applicants are expected to submit their applications by completing the appropriate forms.

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