The Federal Government on Thursday said it was irrevocably committed to promoting competency-based education in order to boost employment generation and fast-track the nation`s development.
The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, said this in Lagos at a national workshop on technical and vocational training in Nigeria.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the workshop with the theme“ Technical Education: A tool for Sustainable National Development“ was organised by the Lagos Chambers of Commerce.
The minister, represented by Dr.Margaret Ladipo, Rector, Yaba College of Technology, said the government would continue to invest in technical education to build the requisite human capital base for a competitive economy.
“The Nigerian education system has an important role to play in actualizing government’s desire to nurture and develop the requisite human capital base for a globally-competitive economy.
“This informs the emphasis the present administration has placed on Technical, Vocational and Entrepreneurship Education.
“We will continue to invest and promote this form of education to encourage job creation and employment generation.
“As a nation, we must face the reality that education today has to be functional, in the sense that it must be structured to meet the requirements for the growth and development of the nation.
“Education must be purpose-driven toward the development of the individual. This what technical and vocational education guarantees and we will continue to focus on that,’’ he said.
He said the government would bridge the gap between the “Town and the Gown“ by encouraging closer interaction between workplaces and students in technical schools.
The minister said an enabling environment would be created in the universities, polytechnics and colleges of education for pragmatic private sector involvement.
Adamu said that the government would regularly review the curriculum to ensure that students undergoing technical training meet the required standards.
He said the government would equip technology-oriented institutions with the right equipment and facilities to ensure quality training.
The minister commended the Lagos Chamber of Commerce for organising the workshop, saying it would go a long way in raising consciousness about the importance of technical education.
Also speaking, the Deputy–Governor of Lagos State, Mrs Idiat Adebule, described technical education as a strategy to promote the country`s national development.
Adebule, therefore, advocated the proper integration of vocational education programmes at all levels of education to achieve the objective`
“At Lagos State, we attach priority to the acquisition of vocational skills as a panacea to reduce the challenges of unemployment.
“We believe our great men and women can achieve greatness with their hands.
“The state has created technical colleges and skills’ acquisition centres to empower youths with the required skills to build their future “she said.
The keynote speaker, Mr Laolu Oguntuyi, Executive Secretary, Lagos State Technical and Vocational Board, LASTVEB, said technical education was key to producing productive citizens and promoting national development.
He, therefore, called for concerted efforts from all stakeholders in promoting vocational education for sustainable growth and development.(NAN)