The need to enhance management of vocational and technical education (VTE) and developing a knowledge based economy in Nigeria need not be over-emphasised. A knowledge based economy has four (4) key elements namely; economic and institutional regimes, education and skills, innovation system and information and communication technology (ICT). This paper brings to the fore a realization of the fact that the performance of the products (outputs) of the education system is an index of the inputs into the system. For students to have enterprising and innovative mindset, it is important to expose them early enough to practical development in transiting towards a knowledge based economy in order to adapt to the upgrading of the educational system while in school, this is directed towards achieving a nation that is duly informed about the benefits of providing needed skill training for employment and self-reliance. Moreso, this paper examined those things which are necessary for the achievement of well established technical and vocational education in order to advance to a more knowledge based economy and the development of manpower for easy productivity in the vocational and technical education sphere. With all these in focus and practiced, the Nigerian economy will stand a chance of fighting unemployment and poverty to the barest minimum. Also, the strategies to adopt in enhancing management of vocational and technical education were discussed, and some recommendations were made.
David Okoli, Federal College of Education (Technical) Umunze, Nigeria
Chinedu Ochuba, Federal College of Education (Technical) Umunze, Nigeria
Stream: Educational policy
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