The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, on Thursday said Secondary schools in Nigeria lack competent teachers needed for the effective handling of 37 trade subjects which are currently being offered as compulsory subjects at the level of Senior School Certificate Examination.
The minister said this during the national conference on Technical and Vocational Education organized by the Federal Ministry of Education and GIZ Nigeria in Abuja.
Adamu who also lamented the apathy shown towards technical education in Nigeria said the government would continue to bridge skill gaps and create employment via technical education.
He said, “Presently, most of our 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.
“Also, some of the challenges we have had to deal with include public apathy towards TVET leading to low enrolment in the technical schools, inability to review curricula within the five years’ time frame, lack of tools and equipment or obsolete equipment in our Colleges, dearth of academic staff with cognate industry experience relevant for the training of students to meet the needs of employers.
“I am aware that 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. I admit that these challenges did not come overnight but as a result of long-time neglect and poor management. “Consequently, the present administration, in tackling these challenges head-long, therefore, has continued to increase the budgetary provision to the Education Sector through National budget, Tertiary Education Trust Fund, Petroleum Trust Development, and through intervention from World Bank Fund and African Development Bank Fund. We cannot rest on our oars until the desired goals are achieved.
The head of Programmes, Skills Development for youths employability at GIZ Nigeria, Hans Bruns stressed the importance of vocational training.