Adamu charges graduates on technical, vocational skills
Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, has charged graduates of tertiary institutions to embrace technical and vocational skills with a view to becoming self-employed.Adamu stated this at the 2016 candidates’ selection and placement exercise at the National Headquarters of the National Business and Technical Education Board (NABTEB), where he was represented by acting Director, Technology and Science Education, Mrs. Tina Eyaru.
The exercise involved the selection and placement of successful products of the 2016 National Common Entrance Examination (NCEE), into federal science and technical colleges (FSTCs).
Adamu at the event stressed that the synergy between stakeholders in the area of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) cannot be overemphasized. Immediate past registrar of NABTEB, Dr. Olatunde A. Aworanti, in his remarks re-echoed Adamu’s position, noting further that, “The twin labour malaise of unemployment and underemployment required the placement of higher premium on skills acquisition and vocational training, with a view to addressing the trend.”
At the meeting, which had in attendance director/principals of FSTCs across the country, he reiterated the huge role school principals have to play in boosting enrollment figures in technical colleges saying, “This can be actualised by showcasing the skills of these students and the competitive edge they have over their counterparts in the sciences.”
His words; “The enrolment ratio of 7:30 per cent in favour of technical and vocational trades in relation to sciences as directed by the National Council of Education (NCE), should be strictly adhered to in order to boost vocational education and place Nigeria on an irreversible pedestal to the greatness it deserves.”