MINIMUM STANDARD FOR SETTING UP STUDENTS INDUSTRIAL WORK EXPERIENCE SCHEME (SIWES) AND INDUSTRIAL LIAISON UNIT IN POLYTECHNICS AND MONOTECHNICS.

MINIMUM STANDARD FOR SETTING UP STUDENTS INDUSTRIAL WORK EXPERIENCE SCHEME (SIWES) AND INDUSTRIAL LIASION UNIT IN POLYTECHNICS AND MONOTECHNICS. The Minimum Requirement for Setting-Up SIWES and Industrial Liaison Unit in Polytechnics and Monotechnics. The resources that have to be set up are classified by their sub-heads and listed in the following. (1) Office and equipment – provision of suitable office accommodation for SIWES officers to conduct their affairs and to house SIWES records and documents. This include: SIWES/Industrial Liaison Coordinator’s office Assistant SIWES/Industrial Liaison Coordinator’ office(s) Office furnishing Computer system and ICT facilitation. Store space for housing SIWES logbook, handbooks, documents, records, etc. (2) Personnel – appointment of suitably qualified officers to administer SIWES activities at institutional and departmental levels. This is to comprise;

PRESS RELEASE: STRENGTHENING TVET TRAINING THROUGH DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT OF OER COURSEWARE: AGREEMENT SIGNED BY NBTE AND COMMONWEALTH OF LEARNING

The National Board for Technical Education (NBE) has signed an agreement with the Commonwealth of Learning (COL) to support and strengthen TVET training through the design and development of Open Educational Resources (OER) courseware. This is being done to facilitate blended learning across Nigerian Polytechnics and related institutions. To kick-start this project, the Board has set up a Technical Team to design and develop thirteen (13) Open Educational Resource (OER) courseware for Competency Based Training and Assessment (CBETA) using the Open, Distance and Flexible e-Learning (ODFeL) approaches. In the project, thirty-three (33) ICT support staff will be trained on Moodle Administration to provide technical and multimedia support to the course design, development, quality assurance and delivery teams. Institutions granted approval to run the ODFeL are expected to select sixty-six (66) participants to design and develop the 13 OER courseware. Furthermore, ninety-nine (99) lecturers will be trained as assessors, internal verifiers, and external verifiers of the 13 OER courseware using ODL methods from ODFeL approved institutions. At the end of the training, four hundred and twenty-nine (429) lecturers will be trained on blended TVET delivery using COL’s OER courses which include, among others, Introduction to Blended TVET, Essential Skills for TVET, Facilitating Online Courses, and Blended Learning in the Classroom.

KADCCIMA 2nd Education Fair 2022

The Kaduna Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (KADCCIMA) is organising the 2nd edition of the Education Fair at the Kaduna International Trade and Investment Centre, Kaduna. The Education Fair with the theme ‘Result Oriented Approach to Education for National Development’ will be an avenue for the promotion of literacy culture and educationists, teachers, book publishers etc can come together to exchange ideas on the way forward for the development of Education in Nigeria.

Guidelines for NBTE Staff Industrial Training (SIT) Programme

In line with the vision of the Executive Secretary, Prof. Idris M. Bugaje, and to further actualize his 3S agenda on Skills, Schemes of Service and upliftment of Staff Spirit, the National Board for Technical Education has developed guidelines for Staff Industrial Training (SIT). This will avail qualified staff opportunities to intern with industries relevant to their areas of specialization. This, the Board believes will help in strengthening the quality assurance mechanism of the Board by having competent workforce with requisite knowledge of the industry, carry out assignments in line with the vision and mission of the Board.

COMMISSIONING OF NBTE RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT AND INNOVATION EXHIBITION HALL

The NBTE is organizing the official opening ceremony of the TVET Institutions Research and Innovation hall. This exhibition hall is to showcase, exchange and disseminate knowledge on all research works that can be commercialized as a tool or key driver of the nation’s economy. The exhibition hall will facilitate the exchange of knowledge and innovations among all stakeholders, researchers, practitioners, regulators and investors. It will also provide a platform to promote TVET Institutions Research and Innovation commersialisable research projects to groups that may have little or no knowledge of TVET Institutions Research and Innovation Research Projects. Facilitate growth of indigenous manufacturing hinged on Science, Technology and Innovations (STI) as well as generally promote STI culture in Nigeria. The Institutions commercializable research projects will fast-track the implementation of the National Science, Technology and Innovation Road Map’ 2030 and bring to fore the capabilities of TVET Institutions in contributing to Economic diversification of Nigeria. This will also give insight about recent research development activities in the TVET Institutions and can be used as starting point for cooperation among our researchers and industries. Polytechnics and other TVET institutions are encouraged to register patents and use these as instruments for commercializing the research and development products. This could be a window for IGR generation by Polytechnics which has not been exploited in the past. Furthermore, collaboration with other higher Education Institutions and Industries is also encouraged because Polytechnics have capacity to fabricate and move bench-scale Research to Pilot-plant, a major missing link which has delayed Universities from delivering Innovations from their Researches.

Programmes Available in Nigerian Polytechnics and Similar Tertiary Technical Institutions

1.0 AGRICULTURE AND RELATED TECHNOLOGY 1. Agricultural Extension and Management 2. Agricultural Technology (General Agriculture) 3. Animal Health & Production Technology 4. Animal Health Technology 5. Animal Production Technology 6. Crop Production Technology 7. Fisheries Technology 8. Forestry Technology 9. Home & Rural Economics 10. Horticulture & Landscape Technology 11. Pasture & Range Management 12. Pest Management Technology 13. Soil Science & Technology 14. Veterinary Laboratory Technology 15. Wild Life Management

EXECUTIVE SECRETARY BLAMES NATION’S WOES ON LACK OF FUNCTIONAL EDUCATION

The Executive Secretary has blamed the failure of functional education for the myriad of problems confronting Nigeria. Prof. Bugaje said in a paper delivered at the maiden edition of Science Conference of Kaduna State University that the high unemployment and security challenges in the country can be related to the failure of educational system to live up to the provisions of the National Policy on Education (NPE). According to him “Nomadic education has failed and that’s why some herders became bandits, University and Polytechnic education has failed and that’s why we have joblessness within abundant skills gaps”. He stated that though securing Nigeria in the short term mean putting more boots on ground, what is required in the long term is upskilling the Nigerian youths for economic empowerment. Prof. Bugaje in the paper “Role of Science in the job creation and economic revitalisation”, lamented the skills mismatch prevalent in Nigeria leading to unemployed graduates roaming the streets with huge skills gap in our industries.

RE: AN OPEN LETTER TO MR. PRESIDENT

Our attention has been drawn to an advertorial, in the form of an Open Letter to His Excellency Mr President, which appeared in Daily Trust Newspaper of 17th November 2021 by one Shehu Wada and Co. on behalf of DB Mangal Nigeria Ltd concerning the recovery of NBTE Land and Property, Plot 445 Maitama Abuja. The advertorial is misleading and DB Mangal should have gone to Court to assert his rights over the land. What they failed to mention to the public was the subsisting judgment of the Abuja High Court in 2007 that returned the confiscated land back to NBTE including the structures illegally built by DB Mangal Nigeria Ltd. As recent as June 2019, the Special Presidential Investigation Panel reaffirmed the High Court order and in a ceremony handed over the building to NBTE. DB Mangal Nig Ltd mobilized hoodlums who attacked and once again forcefully took over the property after allegedly compromising the NBTE leadership at that time.