Ogun needs N1bn to overhaul technical schools

New courses are to be introduced in state technical schools.


Ogun State Government will need at least N1billion to overhaul and revive the dwindling technical and vocational Education sector in the state, the state has said.

The chairman of Technical and Vocational Education Board, Doyin Ogunbiyi, made this known weekend in Abeokuta while addressing journalists on the plan of the board to turn the schools round and make them attractive.

She further revealed that the equipment in the schools had become obsolete and judging by the trends in the technology sector, all equipment in the schools must be replaced with new and up-to-date ones.

Ms. Ogunbiyi also disclosed that the board will be having a Stakeholders’ Forum on June 19, 2014 at the Olusegun Obasanjo Library, Abeokuta “for public hearing and discussion of issues, circumstances and matters relating to the technical and vocational education.”

According to her, the forum became necessary as there is need to redirect the people’s psyche about technical and vocational schools which had been relegated to places meant for drop-outs.

The board chairman also disclosed that when the board went round the schools as well as when the World Bank came around, it was discovered that the schools needed an outright overhaul.

She added that the German embassy, United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF, and some individuals had shown interest in collaborating with the state government in reviving the schools, stressing that at the forum, which is going to be both formal and informal would have mechanics and other professionals sharing ideas with the Board.

However, Ms. Ogunbiyi stated that her vision is to make the schools attractive so that graduates could pick a vocation and get trained after office hours.

According to her, new courses would be introduced in the schools including Mechatronics, Mast Construction, in line with emerging trends in the technology sector.

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