Education Minister Adamu Adamu said the federal government will continue to prioritize technical education.
Mr Adamu revealed this on Saturday in Bichi, Kano State, during the 6th Combined Convocation of the Federal College of (Technical) Education.
The minister, who was represented by the director of colleges of education, Onyeka Nwabuogo, described technical education as a major pillar of economic development.
The minister said the federal government is passionate about its stated commitments to ensure education takes its rightful place in Nigeria.
Adamu said the government will continue to invest in the sector through an approved capital allocation and training channeled through the Universal Trust Fund for Basic and Higher Education.
The minister said the recent approval of six additional educational colleges in the country’s six geopolitical zones would close the gap in teacher training, among other benefits.
In a remark, the executive secretary of the National Commission on Colleges of Education (NCCE), Paulinus Chijioke-Okweike, advised educational colleges to adhere to the guidelines on admitting students.
Mr Chijioke-Okweike applauded the federal government for approving a new salary scale and a new retirement age for teachers, adding that such a move would boost the sector.
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Earlier, the Provost, Bashir Muhammad-Fage, said that 6,857 graduate studentsted of the institution between 2016 and 2020.
Mr. Muhammad-Fage mentioned some of the challenges facing the college, including inadequate funding and a drop in the number of new students.
The Nigerian News Agency (NAN) reports that awards have been given to the best graduate students in NCE and Professional Diploma in Education.
Honorary scholarships were also awarded to certain people. (NAA)
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