By Olusegun Folarin

Teachers and other key players in technical and vocational education have been urged to prioritize ethical standards in the efforts to build more skilled and self-reliant Nigerians. 

The move, according to experts would further enhance the provision of practical and applied skills as well as basic scientific knowledge to the people. 

An educationist, Mr Sesan Olugbemi made the call while delivering a lecture at Federal Polytechnic Ilaro.

The lecture entitled “The Technical and Vocational Educator, His Tenacious Stand For Ethical Practices And The Matters Arising” was centered on highlighting ethical practices among technical and vocational educators in the country.

Addressing the gathering, Mr Sesan Olugbemi blamed the rot in the nation’s educational system, particularly the tertiary institutions, on the growing rate of unethical practices among the lecturers, noting the need for deliberate actions to check the trend. 

Mr Olugbemi listed the common unethical practices among the students and academic staff to include cultism, sexual abuse, poor attitude to learning, truancy or lateness to lecture as well as forceful sale of handouts and textbooks among others.  

Mr Olugbemi who maintained that combating unethical practices in the sector was a collective interest noted that the nation’s sustainable development was dependent on the quality of education imparted on the youths and encouraged the government to invest more in the sector.

Earlier, the Polytechnic’s Rector, Dr Mukahil Akinde had advocated increased funding for polytechnic education in a bid to further strengthen the nation’s technological base. 

Dr Akinde gave the assurance that the Polytechnic would continue to equip students with the necessary skills to make them employers of labour.

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