Despite the federal government’s high premium on quality education delivery, stakeholders say the technical and vocational education, TVET curricula for many trades taught in technical colleges in Nigeria is obsolete and in urgent need of reviews.
Prof. Ifoema Isiugo-Abanihe, the Registrar of the country’s National Business and technical examinations Board, NABTEB, gave this indication during the 2nd Annual Skills exhibition and roundtable discussion on Skills Assessment held virtually this week.
She said among others this was one of the key points of the communique issued at the first edition held in April last year and called for a review of the curricula for more valid assessment and to meet the skill needs of industries and the society.
She said that exhibition also highlighted, “TVET institutions needed to be adequately equipped with infrastructure (such as access road, power, water, adequate equipment, workshops) to attract the interest of youths in skills acquisition and to facilitate the growth of TVET and technological development”.
Acknowledging this development, Education Minister of State, Mr Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba said the federal government under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari is committed to quality technical and vocational education and has developed a blueprint to address the challenges.
He expressed the ,”hope that the results of the discussions will chart a new course in the implementation of skills assessment and improve the quality of certification of skills for better development of our dear nation, Nigeria”.