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Technical Education: The Way Forward

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Technical and Vocational Education as seen in the National Policy on Education (2004), has been defined as those involving, in addition to general education, the study of technologies and related sciences and the acquisition of practical skills, attitudes, understanding and knowledge relating to occupations in various sectors of economic and social life.  Therefore, technical and vocational education is based on:  Providing trained manpower in applied science, technology and business particularly at craft, advanced craft and technical levels.

Providing the technical knowledge and vocational skills necessary for agricultural, commercial and economic development.

Giving training and impart the necessary skills to individuals who shall be self-reliant, economically. (NPE, 2004).

From the outlined objectives, can we say that they are implementable in our TVET institution? The policy issues have been documented, but how many of these, have been given its place in the Nigerian TVET institutions? What this synopsis seeks to examine is the place of  Technical, Vocational Education and Training in the Nigerian TVET institutions.

An overview of TVET in the Nigeria institutions reveals that, TVET is still at the state of theoretical, but not practical. TVET institutions emerged with the purpose of training the young minds, but end up not achieving their purpose; for instance, the government is aware that only limited facilities exist in the Technical Colleges and Universities yet, neither comment nor action is made to achieve the goal of TVET stated by them. Most academic institutions suffer so many set-backs in terms of infrastructure like inadequate accommodation for learning, lack of post-graduate classrooms or lecture theatre, lack of functional facilities for learning, etc in terms of manpower, there are limited staff in the institutions, at times they end-up not being processional; the graduate-assistants are used more than required, just to meet-up with the demands of job in these institutions. Though the knowledge is exploding, but the equipment to practice with becomes a challenge.

Another challenge here is that the mind-set of parents and the community at large is very negative towards TVET, because of lack of adequate orientation and public enlightenment of what TVET entails in the society. The society believes that such occupations as medical, law, engineering and other big-named occupations, place people on  better occupational opportunities than the vocational occupations. Because of this, TVET is looked down at, and indeed it is an obstacle to improve the social statusquo of TVET. This being the case, Osinem (2006) opined that the challenges are to create vocational programmes that deliver professionally successful graduates.

However, TVET institutions should take it as pride to show-case TVET to the society and its value. In the western world, TVET graduates are queued for, to be employed, because the society knows their value. Let the institutions, role out this enlightenment and see if they will not have more boost than ever imagined.

The concept of  Vocational Training differs from technical, vocational education and training. Vocational training involves the informal development of practical skills, knowledge and altitudes by imitation, observation or incidental participation under a master or graduate unlike the TVET, Vocational  Training is not systematically organised, but geared towards informal skill acquisition which is not our focus.

From the foregoing, it is pertinent to understand absolutely the following roles of  TVET in national development if properly placed in the TVET institutions.

TVET is highly instrumental to a buoyant modern economy, by way of rapid growth development, skilled personnel in agriculture, construction, commerce and others.

TVET can meet the manpower needs of Nigeria by planning and providing programmes which result in satisfied employee and employer in those needed occupation, thereby fulfilling its economic role in the nation. TVET fosters creativity in students. TVET a is form of Education which emphasises the development of occupational skills needed as preparation for work.

Therefore, the TVET institutions should be adequately taken care of by funding the TVET centres, employ more professional staff, rehabilitate and provide more facilities (equipment/personnel) for learning, organise and sensitise the masses on the importance of TVET including its vocational opportunities opened to its graduates after school and so on.  By doing these, I believe that TVET shall have a best place or place value in our TVET institutions, and they shall do better than expected in our society.

Ajie wrote in from Port Harcourt.

Godstime Uche  Ajie

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UNIOSUN Appoints VC After Controversy

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The Governing Council of Osun State University (UNIOSUN) has announced Prof. Odunayo Clement Adebooye as the fourth substantive Vice Chancellor of the University.
Adebooye’s appointment comes about two months after his predecessor, Prof. Labode Popoola completed his tenure (November 4, 2021) as a result of controversy that dogged the selection process.
A statement by the university’s Public Relations Officer, Ademola Adesoji, quoted the Governing Council Chairman, Mallam Yusuf Ali (SAN) as saying that the selection process that produced the Professor of Plant Physiology was rigorous.
“The Council was able to exert rigorous efforts and sacrifice in the appointment procedures, which culminated in the appointment of Prof. Odunayo Clement Adebooye. We believe that he possesses the attributes to move the University forward and write a fresh chapter in the journey to achieve the dreams of the founding fathers of the University”, he said.
Born on December 18, 1966, Adebooye has spent over two decades at UNIOSUN as a member of the Governing Council, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Provost/Dean, Director, and Head of Department among others.
He has been a Visiting Professor to many universities in Nigeria, and abroad (Germany, Canada) and provides services for the United Nations.

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RSUBEB Tasks Staff On Reorientation

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As part of efforts to achieve maximum input and output at workplace for 2022 service year, the management of the Rivers State Universal Education Board (RSUBEB) has held a rededication service for staff to re-orientate them on the expected service delivery goals this year.
The rededication service with the theme: ‘You Are the Light of the World’ was attended by the commissioners, directors, heads of department, teaching and non-teaching staff at the board’s headquarters in Port Harcourt, over the weekend.
Delivering his brief exhortation, the President, Rivers Baptist Conference, Rev EbifaWoko, who spoke on the theme of the event, described staff of the board as light bearers, saying that they were expected to provide radiance to those who would require their services.
Woko, who took his Bible reading from the Gospel Book of Mathew 5:14-16, told RSUBEB staff that as light bearers, they were expected to establish good relationship in their various office responsibilities, and be a source light that extinguishes darkness.
“The light we are talking is knowledge that will turn around the board and bring efficient and effective service delivery.
“When you subject the light unto your comfort zones alone, you are shutting the door of service from others. You shortchange and compromise on standards of the organisation. Let your lights be on the lamp stand so as to be on the positive side, and promote good direction at the workplace”, he stated.
Earlier in an interview with newsmen, the Executive Chairman of the State Universal Basic Education Board, VenFynefaceAkah said the essence of the rededication service was to re-orientate the staff on good moral conduct for service delivery, while appreciating God for His benevolence last year.
According to him, when things are done in God’s ways and pattern, it would reflect on both the individual and organisation, adding that great success and achievement would be accomplished.
“People who come in contact with you should feel satisfied and not the other way round. God should be seen and reflect in our character as we serve in our respective duties”, he stated.
Highlight of the event was special prayers offered for the leadership of the country, state security services as well as the RSUBEB.

By: Akujobi Amadi

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Firm Charges Stakeholders On Teachers’ Training

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Telecommunication Company, 9mobile, has advised stakeholders in the education sector to invest in training of teachers in order to instill quality education in pupils and students.
Executive Director, Regulator and Corporate Affairs, 9mobile, Mr Abdulraham Ado, stated this at a one-day Train The Trainer Workshop for teachers within the Lagos State Education District III comprising Lagos Island and Eti-Osa Local Councils.
Represented by the Public Relations Lead, , 9mobile, Chineze Amanfo, stated that 9mobile was committed to prioritising the interest of the youths and would continue to invest in initiatives that impacted their development.
Ado said the workshop titled, ‘Understanding Affirmative Communication and the Emotional and Psychological Needs of a Child’, was aimed at equipping teachers with the skills to manage and influence the upcoming generation of students to be future agents of positive change.
He said, “Some months ago, we held a career counselling session for students of Akande Dehunsi Senior Secondary School on making career choices”.
we are back with a train the trainer workshop for teachers. Besides guiding students in academics and extracurricular activities, teachers play a critical role in shaping a child’s future.
He continued
“this has informed the decision to put this session together according to 9mobile’s focus on education as one of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CRS) pillars. We recognize the efforts of our teachers, and we are here today to further encourage and equip them with skills that will further enhance their effectiveness and impact.”
One of the facilitators, a trained counselor and therapist, Emike Oyemade, advised the teachers to develop an effective communication strategy with their learners.
“As teachers, your style of communication must align with modern reality. You must learn to speak and understand your students’ language, use the right words to impact and influence them, and connect to correct where mistakes have been made.’’
A certified life coach and management trainer, John-Mabun Adesoga, said , “You cannot deliver well if you do not see your students as your children. Understanding the psychological and emotional needs of your students is a skill, and you must be deliberate about it.

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