Wood and Paper Technology (WPT) is a National Diploma (ND) program. The first thing that comes to the mind of a Nigerian hearing about this discipline for the first time is that it involves the conversion of wood to paper. Take a look at some facts about the course.
For a student to be admitted into the program, he must have SSCE credits in Chemistry, Mathematics and any three of Biology/Agricultural Science, Physics, Geography, Woodwork, Metalwork, Technical Drawing, Economics/Commerce or English Language. The usual cut of mark for admission into the course is a score of 100 in the Unified Tertiary Institution Matriculation Examination (UTME).
According to the current brochure of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), there is only one institution offering the course in Nigeria. It is the Federal College of Forestry (FCFIBADAN), Jericho in Ibadan (Oyo State). Interestingly the course was accredited in the institution by the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) in 1996 (going by information obtained from NBTE website). Check on the websites of FCFIBADAN and JAMB show that WPT is one of the four ND program mounted by the institution.
Academic work in the department is not restricted to wood or paper studies. Students of the department have similar training with students studying Science Laboratory Technology (SLT) in the first year. The main difference is the replacement of STP courses of SLT students with WPT courses. Thus, students of the department receive threefold-training: General Laboratory Techniques, Wood Technology and Paper Technology
With a National Diploma in WPT, you are qualified for direct entry admission into university to read courses like Chemistry, Biochemistry, Forestry and Wood Technology, Wood Products Engineering and Wood Science.
Graduates of the program have prospects in paper manufacturing industries, wood utilization organization and laboratories. They also have the capability of being self-employed as wood workers or foresters.
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