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COREG charges FG to reinvigorate skills acquisition in schools.

30 August 2017

COREG charges federal government to reinvigorate skills acquisition in schools.

The Conference of Registrars of Polytechnics and Colleges of Technology in Nigeria (COREG)   has   charged   the   federal   government   to   reinvigorate entrepreneurial skills acquisition   in   schools   to   arrest   the   sprawling unemployment among the youths.

 Rising   from   its   71st  Regular   Meeting   held   at   Plateau State  Polytechnic, Barkin   Ladi,   Plateau   State,  The conference called for a review   of the education policy in favour of reintroducing craft and vocations at the Junior Secondary   School   level   to   provide   the   foundation   for  technical and vocational   skills   for   self   employment, job creation, technological development and industrialisation.

 COREG in its communique signed by its chairperson and Registrar, Yaba College of Technology, Charity Amakapabo urged the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) to put   machinery  in  motion for  the establishment of a standing national conference of polytechnic and colleges of technology. The conference it stated would serve as a common forum for management and other stakeholders to address common and emerging issues affecting polytechnic education in Nigeria.

 Frowning at the second rate position of polytechnic in funds allocation by the Tertiary Education Fund (TETfund), the conference enjoined the Fund to give priority attention to funding  technical and vocational education to achieve  the desired acquisition of  practical training   for technological advancement of the nation.  

 The COREG called for an urgent roundtable renegotiation of agreement between the federal government and the staff unions of polytechnics. ?Both parties should be patriotic, realistic  and   honest in  their positions in the interest of industrial harmony and national development, it cautioned.

 It commended the Plateau State Government for implementing the 65-year retirement age for employees of the state polytechnic and its other tertiary institution.

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