Nigeria’s Education System is at the Mercy of Policy Implementation
Professor Charles Korede Ayo
The problem of Nigeria’s education system is not in the policies, but the wrong conceptualisation of the process of implementing such policies. This was the assertion made by the Vice-Chancellor of Covenant University, Professor Charles Korede Ayo, at the opening session of the Capacity Building Programme on Entrepreneurial Education, organized by the University in partnership with the National Board on Technical Education.
In his remark at the opening session of the 3-day programme, for Rectors, Provosts and Heads of Institutions, Professor Ayo recounted the glorious days of polytechnic education in the country, where graduates of polytechnics were regarded as stars in their chosen fields of endeavour, due to the quality of educational investment in them.
He posited that with the blueprint for entrepreneurial studies developed by Covenant University, if strictly adhered to, there was no way the issue of unemployment in the nation would not become a thing of the past, but the question of right implementation must be tackled.
According to him, “Covenant University would at the completion of her Entrepreneurial Development Centre building, create a Business Incubation Centre, where budding business ideas would be nurtured into fruition. This would help our graduates come out into the society business minded individuals ready to dominate in their fields.”
He concluded by charging participants at the capacity building programme to brainstorm and work towards seeing what level of impact could be brought to bear in addressing the challenges of unemployment in Nigeria.
Speaking on the essence of hosting the programme, the Director, Covenant University Centre for Entrepreneurial Development Studies (CUCEDS), Dr. Chinonye Moses said there was the need for participating institutions to be adequately equipped to influence changes in the Entrepreneurship Education landscape, design patterns for attracting funds to run Entrepreneurial Development Centres, engage in collaborative effort geared at knowledge and resource sharing, research among others.
Dr. Moses noted that Covenant University’s entrepreneurship programme has played a multifaceted role in the evolution of Entrepreneurial Development Studies in the Nigerian educational system. She said that the programme is given a multidisciplinary approach in the academic curricula of Covenant University.
According to her, “Entrepreneurship is embedded in our University system, inculcated in our academic facilities, embodied in our community of practice and engrained in all our faculty and staff. Aside inculcation of entrepreneurial spirit to our students, we have over the years extended our services to the external context in the area of capacity building, consultancy, advisory services, mentoring, networking and linkages.”
In his remarks, the Executive Secretary National Board for Technical Education (NBTE), Dr. Masa’udu Kazaure, represented by former Executive Secretary of the Board, Dr. M.S. Abubakar commended the Management of Covenant University for being of immense support in the driving of Entrepreneurial Studies curriculum in Nigeria.
He informed participants of the review to the accreditation instrument of entrepreneurship Curriculum, Entrepreneurship Development Centre (EDC) and practical work on EDC activities. Dr. Abubakar stated that the new assessment parameters are targeted at helping the young ones access opportunities in Agric and Health Care Entrepreneurship.
He stated that with over 60% of the nation’s youth either unemployed or under-employed, tackling the acute shortage of technical and vocational skills in the country is the only way to remedy the situation and save the next generation from experiencing youth restiveness.
The programme attracted over 15 institutions of higher learning, policy makers in the education sector and members of Management of Covenant University, former Director of Programmes, NBTE, Mr. Joseph Aboi, Coordinator of Entrepreneurship Education and Programmes, NBTE, Mallam Abudu Kofarmata among other participants.