FG seeks World Bank support on training of teachers in 35 trade subjects
Concerned by skill gap in the country, Federal Government has sought collaboration of the World Bank in skills enhancement for senior secondary school teachers.
Executive Secretary of National Senior Secondary Education Commission (NSSEC), Dr Benjamin Abakpa, made the call in Abuja during a courtesy visit on him by Adolescent Girls Initiative for Learning and Empowerment (AGILE), led by Aisha Garba.
He revealed that the senior secondary school has a total of 35 trade subjects captured in the curriculum, with some of the subjects having no instructors or having instructors that are yet to be well trained in their fields.
Head, Press and Public Relations of the Commission, Fatima Bappare, in a statement in Abuja, yesterday, quoted Abakpa as saying the mandate of NSSEC is “to reposition senior secondary education to meet societal and global needs. And in achieving this mandate, the retraining of senior secondary school teachers in their various trade subjects is paramount.”
He said: “No nation can attain greatness without embracing science, technology, engineering, mathematics, vocational education and training. The Commission is working with relevant agencies towards early teaching and training of students on the trade subjects in all senior secondary schools.”
He also drew the attention of AGILE, a World Bank project, to some specific areas of interest, such as “extending their work beyond the seven states, renovation of dilapidated buildings in senior secondary schools, refurbishing of laboratories, and extending of services to accommodate boy-child education.”
Garba explained that AGILE is particularly focused on improving secondary education opportunities for adolescent girls aged between 10-20 with duration of five years to accomplish its mandate.
She said, as a gender-based project, it would also consider adolescent boys.
Garba said the World Bank has ongoing projects in some other states, with focus on renovation of school buildings and monitoring of learning.
The World Bank cannot work on all projects in the education sector, she stressed, adding that it can only complement the effort of government in rendering quality education to citizens.