BY DAYO ADESULU
IN its quest to boost the technological skills of teachers, the Lagos State Vocational and Technical Education Board (LASTVEB) has given teachers from Government Technical Colleges, Ikorodu, Ikotun and Agidingbi specialised training to enhance productivity.
Speaking during the training exercise held at Dekoolar Nigeria Limited Arepo, the Executive Secretary, LASTVEB, Engr. Olawumi Gasper urged the teachers to practically share the knowledge they have obtained with their students when they return back to school as was the essence of the one week training programme.
He noted that the major reason they were brought for the special training was to acquired appropriate training and exposure.
Gasper explained that the teachers could have been taken to other places for the training, adding that choice of that place was to enable them learn from the scratch because at Dekoolar, they build their own devices.
Gasper who tasked the teachers to create a good network among themselves as Association of Refrigerator and Air conditioning teachers saying, it will help them see the Dekoolar as a mentor.
The Scribe who reiterated that the training was also meant to empower them towards their retirement, however urged them to equip the students with the 21st century skills they have learnt from the training centre.
On his part, Mr Afolabi Kolawole, a teacher from Government Technical College, Ikorodu, said he feels very excited and grateful to Lagos State Government for giving them the opportunity to add to their skills through the training.
“As undergraduates then, we were only taught theory and were not exposed to the real practical aspect of refrigerator and air conditioning but through this training we have been taught different processes like using power tool to cut before now we thought cutting machine is used for metal alone but now we have learnt how to use grinding machines to cut also and also the idea of assembling tools by ourselves we can boldly say we can handle the cutting machines to perform mutual functions”, the Kolawole said.
He maintained that teachers have been equipped with the proper ways of handling engineering tools , how to make ice block making machines as well as installation of split air conditioners.
“In our various institutions where we passed through we were only taught the diagrams and the fear of damaging the tools made us not to touch them but now we can handle them properly, we have the control panel being handled by each of the teachers and we have also known the various components we should expect in the control panel”, he said.