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Lack of political will hinders entrepreneurship education- minister

By Godfrey AKON

The Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, has said government has not demonstrated the required political will for successful implementation of the policy on entrepreneurship education, despite its achievements on technical, vocational, education and training, TVET.

Adamu, who stated this while delivering a keynote address at the National Technical and Vocational Education and Training, TVET, Conference, in Abuja, said presently, most of the schools lack competent teachers and instructional materials for effective handling of the 37 Trade subjects which are already being offered as compulsory subjects at Senior School Certificate Examinations since 2013.

“Worst still, the entrepreneurship education courses being offered in many Tertiary Institutions could not energize the students’ entrepreneurial spirit and mindset for self-employment.

The minister noted that the Ministerial Strategic Plan launched in 2015 articulates a pathway to reposition Nigeria’s education sector to effectively play its central role in achieving the development agenda of the present administration.

“The Plan is built on ten (10) pillars and around three result areas: access, quality, and systems strengthening. A major pillar of the document with well-defined objectives and strategies for implementation is Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET).

“The document recognizes the fact that Nigeria requires urgent and decisive actions to reposition TVET for technological advancement because the rapid industrialization of a number of countries such as China, Malaysia, Indonesia, South Korea, Brazil and many others has been as a result of a well-articulated TVET policy aimed at developing relevant human capital,” he said.

According to him, the document enumerated challenges of Technical and Vocational Education and Training, TVET, in both formal and informal sectors, including public apathy towards TVET leading to low enrolment in the technical schools; inability to review curricula within the five years’ time frame; and lack of tools and equipment or obsolete equipment in our Colleges, among others.

“The National Council on Education approved the mandatory inclusion of trade subjects in secondary school curriculum and entrepreneurship education in tertiary education curriculum,” he said.

Speaking on the achievements of the present administration on TVET, he said “another giant stride of the Federal Government on TVET in solving massive unemployment problem, diminish rural poverty and empower a larger percentage of the citizens was the approval of the Federal Executive Council for the institutionalization of a six-level National Vocational Qualifications Framework, NVQF, in Nigeria and its placement in the Scheme of Service.

He said Nigeria is still faced with the challenges of skills gaps, especially in the area of technical and vocational fields which need to be addressed adequately.

According to him, these challenges did not come overnight, but as a result of long time neglect and poor management.

Also speaking, the permanent secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, Arc. Sonny Echono, said the conference was focused on developing synergy among stakeholders of Technical and Vocational Education and Training, TVET, in Nigeria through policy and legislative options which will serve as a foundation for TVET development, coordination and effective implementation in Nigeria.

According to him, there is an epic gap between the skilled manpower required and that which is currently available, adding that most of the graduates produced in various Universities of Technology, Polytechnics, Colleges of Education, Technical, and Technical Colleges nationwide do not have specific skills required for the job market (market relevant skills).

“The situation results to having millions of Nigerian graduates that are unemployed. This has created a shortfall of adequately skilled educated workforce which is one of the major constraints to the growth and development of our Nation,” he said.

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