The National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) says it has recommended 29 polytechnics to start the Open, Distance and Flexible Learning (ODFL) programme.


Masa’udu Kazaure, the NBTE executive secretary, made this known on Monday at the opening of a three-day stakeholders meeting to review the National ODFL Draft Policy and Strategy documents.

Kazaure, who was represented by Abbati Mohammed, a director at the NBTE, described ODFL as a system of teaching and learning with the use of multiple media for delivery of instructions or instructional materials.

“ODFL teaching and learning focuses on opening access to education and training provisions, freeing learners from the constraint of time and space and offering adaptive and flexible learning opportunities,” he said.


The official explained that the NBTE governing board approved that use of ODFL in the 29 polytechnics at its 81st meeting, but said the decision would have to be ratified by the National Council on Education.

He said that once approved by the council, the policy would become operational as a national document for implementation by all relevant stakeholders in the country, beginning with the 29 polytechnics.

According to Kazaure, the development is the outcome of the 2017 Innovation in Vocational and Education and Skills Development meeting with Commonwealth of Learning and partner institutions.


At present, some universities offer distance learning programmes for some courses and the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) operates flexible courses for working class citizens interested in pursuing a degree.

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