Technological Experts Seek Framework To Recognize Individual Competences

Experts have advocated the development of a National Skills Qualification framework that will recognize individuals competencies, irrespective of how such skills were acquired. 

They made the submission during a lecture at the Federal Polytechnic Ilaro, Ogun State.

The Raheem Adisa Oloyo Annual Lecture, according to the organizers was put together to enable stakeholders to brainstorm on ways to promote technological and Vocational education to boost human capital development and and enable more Nigerians to become economically self reliant.

At the maiden edition of the lecture which attracted experts from different parts of the country, the speakers maintained that enhancing people’s access to qualitative vocational training and making skills acquisition attractive to the youths would mitigate the growing challenges of unemployment and under – employment in the country. 

In a presentation titled “Repositioning Technical and Vocational Education Training, towards addressing the Technological challenges of a Nation in the twenty first century, The Guest lecturer and immediate past Executive Secretary, National Board for Technical Education, NBTE, Doctor Adamu Kazaure noted that the sector was too formalized with no provision to cater for those who acquired skills informally. 

Dr Kazaure lamented that evaluation for all forms of education was based on conventional examinations with little or no opportunities for work based experiences. 

Doctor Kazaure also identified poor funding and inadequate infrastructure as some of the challenges confronting Polytechnic and technical college Education in the country.

Also, The Chairman, Governing Council of the Polytechnic, Doctor Veronica Ogbuagu said the country’s economy, infrastructure and people’s standard of living could not improve, if the nation failed to pay adequate attention to proper technology advancement. 

Similarly, Chairman of the Occasion and Immediate Past Chairman of The Polytechnic Governing Council, Professor Abubakar Sadauki applauded the lecture as a platform to discuss the Challenges limiting Polytechnic Graduates and Professionals from reaching their full potential.

Earlier, Rector of the Polytechnic, Dr Olusegun Aluko had explained that the annual lecture was borne out of the desire of the institution to provide avenues for identifying and proffering solutions to issues affecting the polytechnic system as well as Technical And vocational education in Nigeria.

All participants were unanimous in their submissions that polytechnic education was imperative for the country’s quest to maintain national sovereignty, ensure prosperity among the people and compete favourably among civilised nations of the world.

Modupeola Sobukunola


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