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Nigeria / Poor Public Perception Hurts Vocational Education Minister

Efforts by the federal government to revitalise Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) in Nigeria is moving at a slow pace because of poor public perception.

Minister of Education Professor Ruqayyatu Ahmed Rufa’i stated this at the launch of the 2012 Education For All Global Monitoring Report with the theme ‘Youth and Skills: Putting Education at Work’ by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) in Abuja.

Rufa’i said there is need for constant public awareness among learners, families and other stakeholders on the opportunities TVET offers.

She said in recognition of the crucial role TVET plays in alleviation of poverty and creation of jobs, government has established Vocational Enterprise Institutes (VEIs) and Innovation Enterprise Institutions (IEIs).

She said the current drive to reduce the number of out-of-school children is being strengthened by the gradual spread of the implementation of the Child Rights Act among states, the establishment of model Almajiri schools in selected northern states and an increasing number of states accessing and utilizing the Universal Basic Education intervention funds.

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via allAfrica.com: Nigeria: Poor Public Perception Slows Tech, Vocational Education Minister.

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