School of Vocational Education in the Niger State College of Education has advised prospective male candidates to seek admission into the department.
Mrs Juliana Amaram, Dean School of Vocational Education, gave the advice during interview in Minna on Saturday.
Amaram said since inception of the department, it had suffered dearth of male students largely due to illusion about the course.
“Culturally, they believe that home economics was a domestic science meant for females.
“People think the course is exclusive for women, that is not true, we have so far graduated six males and presently we have four males in the department”, she said.
Amaram expressed dissatisfaction with the few males in the department, saying that skill acquisition is veritable for the teeming youths in this recession.
“ We are living in an era where skill acquisition is now the trend, the more skill one has the better for the individual and the country at large”, she said.
She said Niger State Association of Home Economics Teachers had started sensitisation in schools to kindle students interest in the viable opportunity inherent in the course.
“ The association is going round schools to emphasise the importance of home economics.
“We want to see how home economics is being taught right from primary up to tertiary schools.
“We want to create awareness about that course so that they can transit to tertiary schools studying it”, she said.
Amaram said that if home economics regains its glory, the issue of white collar jobs would be minimised.
Dr Joshua Ndakotsu, Chief Lecturer in the department, urged males to move away from the traditional belief that the course was only for women.
“House keeping is not a female work alone but for both genders, home keeping is a lifelong thing that should be embraced by all.
“Any thing a woman can do can be done better by a man. There are benefits for men studying home economics, there are lots of gains in this department”, he said.
Home economics department run courses in baking, cooking, clothing, tie and dye, interior and exterior decorations, laundry and home management practices, among others.