Nigeria to partner other nations on technical education

Minister of State for Education, Ezenwo Nyesom Wike, has said the Federal Government would build international partnership to enhance the nation’s technical and vocational education.

Speaking at a meeting with the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, Cheryl Buggy and Leader of Portsmouth Council, Gerald Vernon-Jackson, in Portsmouth, United Kingdom, Wike said such international collaborations would be vital for the revival of technical education in Nigeria.

He said vocational and technical education need the input of experts.

Wike said: “We want to ensure that we tap from the experience of international technical and vocational schools to revive our technical schools to become relevant in our educational system.”

The minister said head teachers of Federal Science and Technical Schools have liaised with experts at Highbury College, Portsmouth to build the capacity of their teachers for more result oriented technical education.

“Many social challenges will be resolved when we make our technical and vocational education functional to absorb idle youths and make them productive in the economy,” he said.

The Lord Mayor of Portsmouth City, Cheryl Buggy, noted that education was the best legacy any government could bequeath to her people.

She lauded the Nigerian government for working towards encouraging technical education to create employment opportunities for youths.

The leader of Portsmouth Council, Gerald Vernon-Jackson, said Highbury College has developed a system that will assist Nigeria to achieve her objective.

The Minister was accompanied on the visit by the Executive Secretary of Universal Education, Dr. Ahmed Modibo, Director of Basic and Secondary Education, Mabel Ozumba and principals of two Federal Science and Technical Colleges.

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Nigeria to partner other nations on technical education