Bauchi Poly – Suleiman Lame, the rector of Abubakar Tatari Ali Polytechnic (ATAP), Bauchi, has assured that all physically-challenged persons in the state would be offered free education in the institution.
The rector, who disclosed this to journalists, weekend, while inspecting the newly constructed departments of Tourism and Mass Communication complex, said aside from the physically-challenged, students wishing to study mathematics, physics and chemistry education in the polytechnic could also enrol free of charge.
He said the gesture was aimed at empowering the people with disabilities educationally and motivate the basic science students, noting that secondary schools in the state faced shortage of mathematics, physics and chemistry teachers.
He explained that the polytechnic deemed it necessary to come up with such policy to promote education in the state.
Lame further stated that the school, in collaboration with Bauchi State Commission for Youth and Women Rehabilitation and Development (BACYWORD), was training about 4,000 youths drawn from the 20 local governments of the state on entrepreneurial skills and remedial studies.
Those who pass the remedial, he said, would be given automatic admission into various departments in the polytechnic, while others would be assisted to secure admissions into universities.
Entrepreneurial trainees were expected to start up small-scale businesses and get self-employed at the end of the training.
He, therefore, commended the state government and the Tertiary Education Trust fund (TETfund) for the construction of needed structures and provision of requisite equipment in the Polytechnic, which paved way for the accreditation of all its programmes by regulatory bodies.