Foundation seeks establishment of skill management council in Nigeria
A non profit foundation, People Expertise and Excellence Foundation (PEEF), has called for the establishment of National Council on Skills Management (NCSM), and a national policy on skills management in Nigeria.
The group also advocated 20 per cent annual budgetary allocation for education by both the federal and states governments.PEEF noted that the “skills and knowledge being passed down may not always be up to date, best suited, most relevant, and directly applicable in the real world. Thus, the learners may not always become readily productive as they graduate into the real world of work.”
The foundation called for amendment of gender-biased laws that limit women in the place of work.It explained that the NCSM would bring stakeholders, such as the academia and industry players together to articulate fit-for-purpose curricula for professional disciplines. It will also carry-out accreditation of tertiary institutions curricula in line with NUC and NBTE guidelines; ensure, with the Industrial Training Fund (ITF) on board, that students’ internships in the industry is effectively executed, and also provide quality control on both policy setting and delivery to the recipients.
While Nigeria currently provide about eight per cent allocation to education at the federal level. But PEEF said in a communiqué at its second workshop with the theme: ‘Education vs. Reality: Bridging the Gap between the Education System and the Real World’ that 20 per cent of annual budget as the minimum funding of the education sector at the Federal Government and State Government levels is achievable in the country.
PEEF stated that funding of education in Nigeria is not sufficient to cater for the infrastructure and human resource necessary, called on the three tiers government to address poor funding in the sector.
The PEEF communiqué signed by its Executive Secretary, Dr. Musa Rabiu, also made fundamental recommendations on the restructuring of Nigeria’s education sector architecture.
“Education system as currently built and delivered is focused on the award of certificates and not ensuring that the students thrive as adults. Learning is theoretical and carried out using hypothetical abstract concepts and examples as the teachers are mostly not subject matter practitioners in the real-world work” it noted.
PEEF noted that “culturally in Nigeria, skills are segregated into gender, vis-a-vis male & female. This is further reinforced by gender stereotype laws: This cuts across almost all sectors of government, MDAs where you have laws that segregate gender equality on roles, thus affecting subsequent skills.”