Don calls for rebranding of TVET
A lecturer with Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, Prof. Marshall Azeke, has called for the rebranding of Technical and Vocational Education and Training, TVET, to boost acquisition of technical and vocational skills among students.
Azeke stated this while presenting an overview of the Federal Government’s policy on science and technology education, at the unveiling of the document in Abuja.
He said the policy aims to achieve 70 per cent enrolment in S&TE within the next 10 years, and advocates the establishment of National TVET Commission that will attract 0.5 per cent funding from the Federal Government's consolidated account to boost the studies of S&TE.
Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, who unveiled the National Policy on Science and Technology Education, S&TE, said vocational skills remain one of the best bets to promote employment and technological development.
Adamu, who was represented by the Minister of State for Education, Hon. Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, Adamu lamented that the earlier absence of a roadmap for Science and Technical Education slowed down the pace of Nigeria's quest for technological advancement, which prompted the new initiative.
“This initiative underscores the passion and determination of the present administration of President Muhammadu Buhari to address the challenges facing the delivery of quality science and technical education in Nigeria," he said.
The minister called on stakeholders in the Science and Technology Education sub-sector to adhere to the policy and implementation guidelines to ensure the desired goal is achieved.
In his remarks, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, Arc. Sonny Echono, said the new policy was multi-sectoral in nature as it has a holistic approach to leadership and life skills training for pupils, students, teachers and youths in and out of school.