The state government is set to build a skill academy in all the twenty one local government of the state. The Academy would train students in the act of shoe making,hair dressing, tailoring,computer literacy and other skills. Training would be in batches and would cover both primary and post primary schools.
The Commissioner of Education, Prof Ngozi Chuma -Udeh stated this while addressing Education Secretaries at the State Sectariate Complex, Awka. Addressing the officers from the twenty one local governments of the state, the Commissioner said that, there is a huge need to equip every Anambra child with a skill. She stated that the education system is lacking in skill acqusition,which the present administration wants to rectify by infusing a skill based education.
The era when Ndi Anambra students come out of school equip with theoretical knowledge and certificate is long gone, she said. ” Jobs are not readily available, the sooner students are equip with skills that make them self sufficient, employers of labour rather than job seekers,the better for the state,” she stated. According to the Commissioner, having a skill that puts food on the table and money in pocket would help curb youth restiveness in the state.
She charged the officers with the task of driving the program in their respective Local governments and schools. “Together,we can actualise the present administration mission to equip every Anambra student with a skill while still in school,” she enthused. Prof. Ngozi Udeh stated that this would greatly reduce the need and dependency on white collar jobs.
In a similar development, Prof.Ngozi Udeh while addressing Area Education Officers and Zonal Education Officers at Awka, mandated the officers to train younger teachers on the tenets of teaching as most are ignorant of what is expected of them.
She charged the officers to infuse disciple in the system for the good of the profession, adding,”it is not an act of wickedness to correct erring staff.” In her remarks, the Permanent Secretary of the ministry,Barr.Nwando Obiano called on officers who are not computer literate to do so, if they want to be carried along with the current trend,stating that Governor Soludo’s administration is technology driven .
Mrs Adeline Anyichie, Zonal Director,PPSSC,Ogidi Zone stated the officers readiness to work with the Commissioner in actualising the mandate given by His Excellency, Prof.Chukwuma Soludo.
By Obiageli Nwankwo
Info Officer,Min of Education