Proprietress makes case for vocational education as school marks 20th anniversary



TO ensure that secondary schools students are self-reliant upon graduation, the need to include vocational and skills acquisition programmes in their curricula has been emphasised.

Speaking at an event to mark the 20th year anniversary of Excel College, Ejigbo, Lagos, its proprietress, Mrs. Kehinde Oke, emphasised that only vocational training can help lift Nigerian youths out of the prevailing unemployment situation, as the skills they acquire at this level was capable of making them self-employed and ultimately employers of labour, instead of remaining in the labour market for long.

She said: “Excel College believes in providing adequate facilities and a conducive atmosphere for the students to learn. The school also believes in moulding the future of the child towards self-reliance by giving him/her balanced education.”

While chairman of the event, Mr. Okri Ejezie, expressed delight at the school’s 20th anniversary, guest speaker, Prince Mike Adeleke Osinaike, who spoke on the topic: “Building Nigeria’s Tomorrow From Today Through Pragmatic and Academic Curriculum,” said that education remains the only tangible investment that one can make in the life of any child as it guarantees a bright future.

“Today’s curriculum of education should be patterned towards job creation. There should be a paradigm shift in the curriculum to make the students self-reliant after graduating from the secondary schools.”

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