The National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) is to de-accredit courses in polytechnics and monotechnics in the country which do not meet the manpower needs of industries.
The Executive Secretary of the board, Dr Mus`adu Kazaure, said this on Tuesday, in Ikeja, at the launch of the Lagos State School Leavers’ Modern Apprenticeship Programme (SL-MATP).
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the programme was designed by the Lagos State Technical and Vocational Education Board (LASTVEB) to equip such people with technical and vocational skills.
Kazaure, who was represented by a director, Mr Joseph Aboi, said that running courses not relevant to industries was a major cause of unemployment.
“There should not be disconnect between what is taught in our technology-based institutions and the manpower needs of industries because the institutions are supposed to produce graduates to meet these needs.
“It is important that institutions design their courses in tandem with the requirements of the industry not only to solve the problem of unemployment but also to help to achieve industrialisation.
“Very soon, the NBTE will begin de-accreditation of courses in institutions run without industry-based curricular.
“This is to ensure that our graduates have the training needed to perform efficiently in workplaces“ he said.
The chairman urged institutions to always involve industries around them in the development of the contents of their curricula. NAN