INDUSTRIAL TECHNICAL EDUCATION, TECHNOLOGY AND NATIONAL TRANSFORMATION
Education, especially Vocational and Technical Education, has been acknowledged as the lifeline of industrial development and national economic transformation globally, yet Nigeria as a developing country is still battling with poverty and unemployment problems despite its lofty policy on TVET. This paper looks at the concept and objectives of Vocational and Technical Education programme in Nigerian tertiary institutions and its history. The second section of this paper perceived Nigeria as a developing country that is battling with poverty and unemployment problems, the section therefore emphasized the need to use TVET as a national transformational tool to solve the problem of widespread poverty and unemployment, through giving priority to revitalizing technical and vocational education and training with the priority given to empowering the youths on vocational education. It was emphasized that the nation should focus on the contribution of a revitalized technical and vocational education and training with emphasis on youth empowerment to improve the economic status of the country and welfare of the people. The next section of the paper emphasized the role and importance TVET to rapid industrial development in the country by transforming and empowering the youths with skills, knowledge and attitudes to enable them become productive members of the society. In addition, it will basically combat unemployment and poverty in the society as well as improve the economic performance of the nation. The final section identified the challenges of TVET policies In order to overcome the challenges of TVET education, the paper recommends among others that the federal government should create more awareness of its existence in Nigerian universities and other tertiary institutions, educate the public of the significance and potential role it plays towards national development and provides adequate funds for its planning, implementation and coordination which will make an impact in the community.
|Keywords: vocational technical education, technology, sustainable development, national transformation|
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