Ogun Sets To Rebrand Technical , Vocational Education, Create More Jobs - EDU-BIZNEWS


Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Ogun Sets To Rebrand Technical , Vocational Education, Create More Jobs

The Ogun State Government has unfolded its plan to rebrand technical and vocational education, with the aim of creating more employment opportunities, as well as encouraging entrepreneurship among youths in the state.

The State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Prof. Abayomi Arigbabu made this known at a-day capacity building workshop in Abeokuta, organised for Board and Governing Council members of Government Science and Technical Colleges with the theme; ‘Ensuring Effective and Sustainable Development of Technical Education’.

Arigbabu who described technical and vocational education as the bedrock for socio-economic growth and development of a society, said stakeholders had mapped out plans to review the current school curriculum and introduce skilled courses to meet labour needs in industries across the State.

“The present administration is committed to continually invest in technical and vocational education, to align with the current realities in technology advancement needed in the world, and we have considered it necessary to review our curriculum in the sub-sector for positive impact”, the Commissioner stated.

While addressing the participants, Special Adviser to the Governor on Technical Education, Prof. Joseph Odemuyiwa emphasised the need to reshape the face of technical and vocational education into a model that would meet up with global standards at ensuring higher quality learning for students. 

Odemuyiwa who commended the State government for prioritising the development of technical colleges, pointed out that they had produced notable citizens who had impacted the society and urged that the skill acquisition programmes being offered in the colleges should be embraced.

He appreciated the intervention of the World bank towards resuscitating technical education, noting that collaborative effort on infrastructural development would ensure an enabling environment to both learners and teachers.

The Executive Secretary of Ogun State Technical and Vocational Board, Mr. Olubori Akinleye in his response, commended the present administration for its determination to revive vocational education, saying with mass sensitisation, members of the public know more about its intrinsic potentials.                  

Responding on behalf of other participants, a member of the Governing Council of Technical Colleges, Engr. Kehinde Akintomide appreciated the organisers of the workshop, saying they would continue to rely on initiatives for the advancement of vocational education.


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