• As part of its efforts to revamp the 11 vocational and technical colleges in Anambra State, the state government, has sponsored 23 teachers, including principals and administrators from the Ministry of Education, on a study-trip to Singapore.

    According to the South East Voice, the training became necessary in a bid to enhance the four pillars of the administration of Governor Willie Obiano, through technical and vocational education.

    In the travelling team are the wife of the Deputy Governor, Mrs. Oby Okeke; Commissioner for Education, Prof. Kate Omenugha; Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Dr. Beatrice Okonkwo; Chairman, Anambra State Universal Basic Education Board (ASUBEB), Nzeemeaka Olisa.

    Others are, the Chairman, Anambra State Post-Primary School Services Commission (ASPPSSC), Lady Joy Ulasi; Coordinator, Anambra State Economic Think-Tank (ANET), Mac Attasie; the Project Coordinator, Anambra State Education Programme Investment Project (ASEPIP), Charly Okeke as well as the Director, Higher Technical/Vocational Department, Dr. Laz Okafor, along with some teachers and principals selected from the 11 vocational and technical colleges in the state.

    Speaking on the development, the Commissioner for Education, Prof. Omenugha, said that the visit was necessary to give the technical and vocational educational system a face-lift.

    “We are taking teachers of the Anambra State Technical College on a study-visit to Singapore. When Governor Obiano assumed office, we noticed that technical and vocational education were at the lowest ebb in the state. Among the 11 technical colleges, not even one had accreditation with the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE).

    “So, we are now developing the needed human resources through the development of our technical colleges, so that the products of these colleges will be ready-made to take up employments. Again, we noticed that the standard of the students cannot be higher than that of their teachers, so we kicked-off serious human capacity building programmes for the teachers”, she said.

    The Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Kiara College, Endi Ezengwa, whose firm consults on technical and vocational education for the state, said Singapore was chosen for the study-visit because it is a very good example in the world on Technical and Vocational Education (TVED).

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