UBEC Seeks NBTE Collaboration to Establish Technical Education Unit

The Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) is seeking collaboration with the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) to establish a Technical Education Unit at the Commission.

Dr. Mrs. Ene Adikwu who led a of officials of the Commission to NBTE in Kaduna said that the Commission intends to establish a technical Education Unit to acquaint children with technical and vocational skills.

Dr. Adikwu said that the team was in Kaduna to seek the Board’s advice, guidance and collaboration on the establishment of vocational schools for people who finished from primary six.

‘the Commission will want synergy with NBTE in the areas of vocational skills content, vocational skills training for teachers , types of vocational equipment needed, marking out strategies on how to implement vocational education in the UBEC sector as well as development of performance indicator  in ICT  and to make the proposed uni9t successful”, Dr. Adikwu said.

Adikwu who is the Director of Special Programmes also informed that the Commission is collaborating with Kaduna Polytechnic to facilitate the development of curriculum for the proposed programme.

Responding, the NBTE acting Executive Secretary, Engr ADK Mohammad while welcoming the team informed them that the Board, among its functions, regulates all aspects of Technical and Vocational Education falling outside university system, adding that the Board is also spearheading the establishment of Nigeria Skills Qualification (NSQ) for the operation of the NSQ in the country.

Engr Mohammad stated that the Board has been collaborating with both private and public bodies for the development of National Occupational Standards (NOS) and expressed the Board’s readiness to collaborate with the Commission particularly in the areas of standard setting and quality control to enable the commission monitor on quality and standard.

The acting Executive Secretary further informed the team to also explore the opportunity presented by the World Bank Innovation Development and Effectiveness in Acquisition of Skills (IDEAS) project, urging the Commission to look forward to the project report to determine the kind of skills that would be relevant in each state of the federation.

In his contribution, a Deputy Director in the Vocational Technical and Skills Development Department of the Board, Mal Hussaini Muhammed stated that NBTE develops curricula in modules and would be ready to collaborate with the Commission in the development of curricula, noting that the Board has over 40 curricula in technical education.