The Federal Government Thursday expressed concern over proliferation of skills training and qualifications institutions which produced quacks in the country.
Barr. Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, Minister of State for Education, stated this during the National Business and Technical Examination Board (NABTEB) virtual annual skills exhibition and roundtable discussion on skills assessment held in Benin the Edo state capital.
Nwajiuba said the event was aimed at quality assessment of skills, as the ministry is concerned with “proliferation of skills training and qualification produced quacks as products of Technical Vocational Education and Training TVET,”.
He observed that quality of TVET remains the bedrock of sustainable technological and social economic development of any nation, stressing that the Federal Government places high premium on quality education delivery.
The minister said in recognition of skills qualification, the ministry collaborated with relevant government functionaries and partners to develop the Nigeria Skills Qualification Frame Work (NSOF) that was approved in 2018.
He pointed out that the roundtable would chart a new course in the implementation of skills assessment and improve the quality of certification of skills for better development of the nation.
Meanwhile the Registrar/Chief Executive of NABTEB in her welcome address said “to ensure that quality of trainings are acquired by trainees in various skills training institutions, requires the use of valid and credible assessment measures which is currently not the case in some centres.”
This is as the NABTEB Registrar/Chief Executive, said the discussion is to sensitise skill training institutions on best practices of training and assessment especially in relation to Modular Trade in and National Skills Qualification award.
She stressed the need for the nation to increase the population of skill persons in order to reduce poverty and fast-track development.
“To achieve this, massive training and certification of skill is recommended and that skills training institution should adopt valid and reliable internal assessment strategies that incorporate relevant performance assessment procedure to boost production of certified manpower”.
The NABTEB boss said “The training of adequate number of Quality Assurance Assessors (QAAs), internal Verifiers (IVs) and External Verifiers (EVs) needed to be facilitated to ensure effective delivery of the Nigerian Skills Qualification, NSQ.”