Minister implores tertiary institutions on human capital
MINISTER of Education, Adamu Adamu, has implored tertiary institutions to adopt the National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) in training the needed manpower for key sectors of the economy.
And to stem the tide of mass failures in senior secondary schools certificate examinations, he said government will henceforth ensure all schools comply with the curriculum.
Speaking at the 23rd convocation of Federal Polytechnic, Auchi, Edo State, Adamu disclosed that the inspectorate division of the ministry would be strengthened to monitor the compliance.
Represented by Mrs. Hilda Onyekwere, the minister commended the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) for adopting the NVQ as strategy for skills development, noting that the body had been working with stakeholders in the Technical Vocation Education and Training (TVET) to institutionalise the model in the country and of recently with “the Federal Ministries of Power, Works, Housing and Transport to formulate a National Skills Development Policy/Plan for Nigeria.”
Adamu challenged the “TVET sector to engage in teaching, learning and research in such new areas that will turn around the fortune of this country.”
He said to check the alarming level of unemployment, there was need to develop the country’s human capital in human resource management capable enough to drive the country.
“Polytechnics and other technology-based institutions are therefore urged to develop appropriate attitudes and give career choices that are in harmony with a person’s potentials to enable him engage in life-long learning and development.”
The minister continued: “There is growing sense that past strategies of skills development in this country are inadequate to deal with the new challenges facing the economy. We must note that the challenges are not merely the production of more skilled persons but rather it is whether the skills are needed by the country. The major issue in the 21st Century skills development is the labour market information which we should strive to harness. It is obvious that skills obtained through training in our TVET institutions and those required by the job often do not match, therefore, resulting in skills shortages in some areas.
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