Current Issues on Vocational and Technical Education in Nigeria


The study was primarily designed to investigate current issues on vocational and technical education (VTE) in Nigeria. Specific objectives were: (1) to explore recent policies, practices and problems regarding vocational and technical education; and (2) to emerge solutions on vocational and technical education for economic and human resource development in Nigeria. The study employed ‘documentary research’ to investigate current issues on VTE in Nigeria. Four scholarly published academic documents, as units of analysis, were selected based on the selection criteria and were eventually analyzed to find out current policies, practices, problems and solutions on VTE in Nigeria. Findings revealed that: (1) the policies towards vocational and technical education were settled and it was clearly understand that VTE is very important to national development; (2) there were still several problems occurred which effected the quality of VTE in Nigeria for example the lack of learning equipment and materials, lack of enough budget allocation, curriculum development, lack of focus towards VTE and so on; and (3) there were proposed recommendations and solutions that the government should refocuses on VTE in all aspects such as curriculum development, infrastructural investment, equality of access to vocational and technical education. It is recommended that the Federal Governments of Nigeria should give more concern about VTE and come up with strategic plans, policies and practices for vocational development of people. In addition, self-help groups in different careers should be set up in communities in order to foster non-formal vocational and technical education for adult learners.

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Pattarawat Jeerapattanatorn, Kasetsart University, Thailand
Noah Bisi Oyedeji, University of Ilorin, Nigeria

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Conference: ACE2014
Stream: Educational Vision

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