The Ogun state government has applauded Nigeria’s former’s President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo for introducing the 6-3-3-4 into the Nigerian education system.
Chief Obasanjo launched the 6-3-3-4 education system during his reign as military head of state. The system exposed Nigerian youths to technical education at the junior secondary school level and entrepreneurship education at the tertiary level to inculcate creative skills in them.
The Special Adviser to Ogun State Governor on Technical Education, Prof. Joseph Odemuyiwa, gave the commendation during a media chat in Abeokuta, assuring that government would restore the lost glory of Technical Education in the State.
Prof. Odemuyiwa, said the present administration has put in place measures to ensure each of the Technical colleges have their institutionalized programmes such as; Building, Mechanical, Engineering and Agricultural trades, among others.
He said continuous training was also being organised for technicians and artisans, to update their acquired skills and make them relevant to meet international standard.
The special adviser disclosed that the State government was collaborating with the State’s Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (OGUNCIMA), Germany and Korea organizations, for dual apprenticeship system, whereby artisans in Technical Education are exposed to 30 percent in class and 70 percent in the industry or workshop, for them to possess both theoretical and practical knowledge.
Odemuyiwa affirmed that Technical Instructors were adequately qualified to teach and produce competent graduates from the Government Science and Technical Colleges, stressing the need to combine formal and informal instructors to balance the gap between theories and practical.
In his reaction Mr. Sola Makinde from Abeokuta gave kudos to the state government for its determination to advance technical education, saying, it was capable of engendering economic development of the State.