Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Mukoro urges FG to declare state of emergency in technical education

The Managing Director of Coscharis Technologies, Mr. Sunday Emomine Mukoro has urged the Federal Government to declare a state of emergency in technical education, reports ITRealms.

Speaking in Lagos, Mr. Mukoro said by taking his advice, the Federal Government would be making Nigeria competitive in the 21st Century.

He also said, the call was based on the fact that the pace of technology development, at the global stage, is so fast that it has rendered insignificant the yearly meagre budgets, in the past years, of less than 1 per cent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), which has affected the entire education sector.

Mukoro stressing that with the change mantra of the present administration, it is crucial that technical education should be radically and generously funded.

The MD Coscharis Tech, highlighted the fact that there are persistent complaints that the products of the Nigerian educational system are unable to meet the expectations of corporate Nigeria. 

“Industries and commercial institutions have vacancies that educated Nigerians are not equipped to occupy especially in the areas of technical cum engineering and technologies thereby consistently depending on foreign firms for such services,” he lamented, adding that application of irrelevant curriculum and analogue teaching methods, were some of the reasons for the under-achievement in the educational sector.

He further decried that currently, the education outcomes have failed to match the national expectations especially in manufacturing, maintaining that there is an urgent national need to redefine and reposition technical and engineering education so as to transform this nation from consumption to production.

Nigeria, Mukoro pointed out, must harness her vast human and material resources from the point of view of achieving rapid results from technical and engineering education. 

“Thus a legislated state of emergency in technical education would be an apt response to long standing prejudices in the Nigerian education system, which, have forced the status of an underdog on technical education,” he said.

Mr. Mukoro revealed that funding for this state of emergency could be obtained by directing the Educational Trust Fund (ETF), to invest 50 per cent of its budget on technical education for the next five years.

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