Experts urge reengineering of curriculum to aid development
They made this declaration recently at the 36th Convocation Lecture of the Federal College of Education (Technical), Akoka, Yaba, Lagos, themed, “Evolving a Secure Non-Oil Dependent Economy- The Role of Science, Technical and Vocational Education”.
Speaking at the lecture, the chairman of the occasion and Director-General/Chief Executive Officer (DG/CEO), Federal Institute of Industrial Research Oshodi (FIIRO), Dr. (Mrs.) Gloria N. Elemo said the earlier the country’s leaders start to live with reality of the turbulence occasioned by the unprecedented fall in the global price of crude oil, the better for them and critical in their quest to seek for an alternative way to grow the economy.
She said that this realization will assist the country in redirecting the course of her action, which includes the reengineering of its curriculum and laying more emphasis on a more sustainable sector to drive the national economy on the path of growth and sustainability.
According to her, “the nation is going nowhere in terms of development if we continue to neglect the TVE sector which is needed to drive the national economy especially through provision of skilled manpower to drive industrialization using the non-oil sector as the base.”
Noting that TVE sector has suffered serious setback in the country due to low status accorded it, Elemo however pointed out that the situation is not only limited to Nigeria.
She disclosed that countries who have progressed through education are now finding it difficult to sustain their development due to dearth in skilled workforce, thereby, engaging in programmes where they attract skilled workers to their countries from other nations to sustain the tempo.
The FIIRO boss thereby called for the tackling of this sort of dearth in the country’s system by redirecting focus to deliver on educational programmes that will produce benefit for individuals and the country as a whole.
“The overall goal of such new thinking would be an educational programme whose return on investment for the society would be to produce a skilled workforce that will enable global competitiveness and economic growth, while the return for the individual beneficiary would be an improved career path, increased earning power, and better quality of life with a view to promoting the overall wellbeing of the nation,” she said.
Elemo expressed displeasure that graduates of this sector prefer taking further degrees in Business Studies in order to be disposed to secure paid employments, and which is mostly as marketers and accountants in those organizations, adding that the bane of our economy which is import-based does not also help matters.
In her words: “No matter how lucrative this path may look like or may be, it is nothing but a path to doom. No nation can survive or develop without industrialization and you cannot industrialize without adequate skilled manpower.”