84,000 Candidates Sit For NABTEB

84,000 Candidates Sit For NABTEB
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By Chika Mefor-Nwachukwu

About 84,000 candidates are sitting for the 2021 National Business and Technical Examinations Board (NABTEB).

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Speaking while monitoring the examinations in Abuja on Tuesday, the Minister of State for Education, Hon Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, spoke of the need for the Nigerian children to key into technical skills to advance their future dreams.

The Minister who was represented by the ministry’s permanent secretary, Arc Sonny Echono also stated that there was a need to encourage students to get involved in skills related subjects to improve their efficiency in the work place.

“We need to emphasise the need for parents to understand the dynamic which are the changes happening in the work environment and in the job for tomorrow.

“There is a general tendency that people believe that the conventional programme that lead to blue and white collar jobs are emphasised, this is a great mistake that parents are making.

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“If you look at the trends around the world, it is not what you know today but what you can do and that is why business and technical subjects are actually increasingly more important than the other.

“We are not discriminating against any subject area but in terms of emphasis and national focus, government is saying, we should move towards TVET, vocational education, entrepreneurship and skill sector,” he said.

Nwajiuba revealed said that President Muhammadu Buhari had approved the establishment of 16 Federal Science and Technical Colleges (FSTC) to help produce low level or middle skilled manpower through technical colleges.

On the abduction of the  students of Federal Government College, Birnin-Yauri, the Minister promised that the Federal government is doing everything o release the students.

“Indeed this is the key issue of the moment. We have to keep our students safe in schools. We are particularly dealing with a developing issue with one of our Federal Government College in Birnin Yauri.

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“On a whole, measures are being taken to secure their release. We are having multiple interest groups coming together.

“And, we have various layouts of security to ensure that every of our schools will reinforce security and put in place a communication system where information can be shared very quickly.

“A rapid response mechanism had been put in place to ensure quick response in the case of an emergency,’’ he said.

Also speaking, the Registrar of NABTEB, Prof. Ifeoma Isiugo-Abanihe, said the examination was conducted in a peaceful environment across the country.

She said that the board had over 50 trades which certified candidates would be craftsmen at the end of their studies.

“I have monitored the examinations in Osun, Ogun and in Lagos and it has been seamless as there were much candidates in FSTC Yaba in Lagos, as over 500 candidates took the examinations and at Agidingbi Ikeja, the candidates were about 300.

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“NABTEB has over 50 trades which certifies candidates to become craftsmen and it does not preclude education generally because we have the components including general education, trade related subjects which you can diversify to have a robust structure.

“The ministry is focusing on TVET to help to have the youths employed,” she said.

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