NABTEB Records Increase, As Over 87,000 Candidates Sit For Exam

NABTEB Records Increase, As Over 87,000 Candidates Sit For Exam

Chika Mefor-Nwachukwu

About 87,668 students are taking part in the 2022 National Business and Technical Examinations Board, NABTEB, examination which commenced on Monday, June 20 and will elapse on Saturday, July 16.

Registrar and Chief Executive Officer of NABTEB, Ifeoma Isiugo-Abanihe, stated this in Abuja yesterday, while monitoring the 2022 NABTEB examination at Federal Science and Technical College, Orozo, and Government Technical College, Garki, Abuja.

Isiugo-Abanihe disclosed that the board has continued to record increase in number of candidates sitting for the examination since 2018.

She added that the surge began in 2015 when it first recorded 55,000 enrolments while it increased steadily to 83,000 in 2018.

“This year, we have a significant increase in enrollment and we have 88,000 candidates. It has been increasing every year.

“Starting from 2018, it was about 55,000 candidates, last year was 83,000 plus, so there has been steady increase in enrollment and I think it is because of the realization that TVET is the way to go.

“In the world today, there is the need for skills acquisition, there is the need for empowerment in skills, self-reliance, it is at the bottom of development and that is why there is realization that is a crucial aspect of education”, she said.

Also speaking, the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, expressed happiness over the conduct of the examination.

Adamu, who was represented by the Director, Human Resources, Federal Ministry of Education, David Gende also urged Nigerians to stop demeaning NABTEB certificate.

The minister said skills acquisition is what government is promoting, hence the need to prepare for a skilled workforce.

He said government is presently directing students towards the sector as an option for those who cannot fit into the formal sector.

The minister added that the federal government aims to redirect youths to understand that those who cannot fit into other professional areas have other options.

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