Nigerians Need Re-orientation To Accept TVET As Career

Participants at TVET exhibition

Participants at TVET exhibition

WHEN it became necessary that there must be a change in the system of education in Nigeria, because many school leavers at all levels had to struggle for a very few vacancies in the employment market after school, it then dawn on some people to embrace Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) as the sure means to create jobs and solve the problem of unemployment.

At the maiden National Conference and Exhibition of the School of Industrial Technical Education (SITE) held at the Federal College of Education (Technical), Umunze Anambra State, professionals in different fields as well as students brainstormed to tackle the challenges facing Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) for national development.

Presenting his lead paper titled, Challenges Of TVET In Skill Development Management Issues In Nigeria’ Prof. Reko Okoye of Electrical/Electronics Technology, Vocational Education Department, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, identified leadership role and apathy to TVET professionals, non-adherence to indigenous provisions, standard of training and inadequate TVET sponsorship as major challenges.

He said: “The personnel in administrative and leadership roles are mostly chosen from people with a general education background or other related fields. It was only in 2013 that a Vice Chancellor (first of its kind) of TVET background was appointed in Nigeria after 55 years of independent. It is assumed that if leadership positions are comparatively given to TVET graduates, there is likelihood for more emphasis on skills development and provisions made for success.

“Most machines and equipment used for skills training are obsolete and dysfunctional. The instructors are in most cases not qualified. Thus, there exists poor quality in TVET programmes delivery. Consequently, training for skills development is not suited to the actual socio-economic needs of the society. The implication is that TVET institutions need to restructure their training programmes to be responsive to the needs of the labour market, especially the industry where the services of TVET graduates are mostly required,” he said.

Earlier in his welcome address, Prof. J.O Ogbuagu, Provost of the College represented by the Deputy Provost, Mrs. J.C. Madichie noted that technical and vocational education (TVE), which has been an integral part of developmental strategies in many parts of the world because of its impact on productivity, economic and national development is a veritable tool to stem the tide of youth unemployment and widespread poverty. One sure way of achieving this is through good governance in running the TVET programme.

A fall out of this Conference and Exhibition is the inclination for Nigeria educators and policy makers to brace up for radical change from the traditional mode of inculcating knowledge to students to equipping them with skills to better their lives and that of their immediate society.

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