By Uriah Gana

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Participants at the just concluded National Conference on Technical, Vocational and Mathematics Education organized by School of Technical Education, Niger State College of Education Minna, has called on all tiers of government to evolve ways of strengthening the quality of teaching and learning in technical and vocational education.
In a communiqué signed by Dr M.A Jebba, at the end of two day conference held at institution, the participants observed that material resources required in the areas of skills acquisition had been on the decline and therefore urged the government to make funds available for the provision of infrastructural facilities, equipments and tools for effective teaching.
With the theme; “Quality Assurance in Technical, Vocational, Science and Mathematics Education”, the participants were of the opinion that if government agencies saddled with the responsibilities of regulating academic standard in educational institutions would effectively carry out their mandate with serious supervision, it will help to improve quality technical education.
While acknowledging the importance of practical internship for students, they called for duration review, to give more time to acquired skills in industries.
The conference participants urged that Quality Assurance departments in the Ministry of Education should be strengthened to perform their statutory functions.
The conference recognized the positive effects of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and encouraged that it should be used in practical skills acquisition.
It called on the government to put in place proper monitoring mechanism to streamline the activities of traditional apprenticeship by developing master plan for uniformity and quality training in non-formal educational sector.
Speaking during the opening ceremony, the Dean, School of Technical Education, Niger State College of Education Minna, Dr Elijah Tsado, said the conference was timely considering the fact that quality technical and vocational education had become a global issue of discourse.
He said it was a forum for academic discourse where research findings were analyzed with the view of proffering practical solutions to some of the challenges impeding our growth as a nation.
The conference drew participants from various institutions of learning across the country.