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NACETEM seeks review of technical education policies

By Princewill Ekwujuru
National Centre for  Technology Management (NACETEM) has called on Federal Ministries of Education and its Science & Technology counterpart to review all policies on  technical and vocational education training , saying it is crucial for the attainment  of vision 2020

The call was made at a two_day National Workshop tagged; “Strategies for promoting entrepreneurial skills through training in technical and vocational education (TVE) in Nigeria,” organized by NACETEM in Kano, where the it said  until government  focuses on improved technical and vocational education, then can the 2020 vision can be achieved, even as it  laments the dearth of technical and vocational education in Nigeria.

NACETEM also called for regular Stakeholders’ forum with relevant agencies where workshops on entrepreneurship could be administered on National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), members and other interested unemployed members of the public.

While funding of entrepreneurial ventures should be a collective effort such that Public Private Partnership (PPP) and Non_Governmental Organisations(NGOs) are involved to attract both internal and external sources.

NACETEM further stressed that the vision may not be achieved because  unintelligent students, drop_outs and the less privileged was affecting students’ enrollment in technical schools.

Whilst stating that societal stigma which regards products of technical and vocational education as inferiors to products of other educational institutions is adversely affecting skill acquisition.

The workshop noted that the success of technical and vocational education training was dependent on favourable government policies, adequate funding and provision of power and energy to fast_track industrial development, employment generation and crime reduction. It therefore calls on the Federal Government, the organized private sector and other stakeholders.

Therefore, the organisers called on the Federal Ministries of Education and its Science & Technology counterpart, as a matter of urgency to review all policies so as to make for the rapid development of technical and vocational education training in other to stem the unemployment plague in the land.

On the issue of electricity which is crucial to industrial growth, the organisers advised the Federal Government to expedite action on adequate electricity generation and distribution.
“It should also provide a dedicated line for manufacturing, industrial growth and development,” the organisers said


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