Raymond Ozoji, Awka
The Commissioner for Basic Education in Anambra state Prof. Kate Azuka Omenugha has said that Governor Willie Obiano met non-functional technical schools when he came on board in 2014.
She also said that none of the technical colleges in the state had accreditation from the National Board for Technical Education.
The commissioner stated this on Monday at the ministry’s conference hall while receiving an award of excellent performance in the education sector from a non-governmental organization known as Bring-It-On Africa.
Omenugha noted that the story has changed for technical and vocational education in Anambra because Governor Obiano has revamped technical and vocational education through equipping the colleges with state-of-the-art facilities and equipment.
She said all the technical colleges in the state currently have full accreditation from the National Board for Technical Education and that the governor equally sent teachers to Singapore to learn the Singapore Model for technical and vocational education stressing that technical education has witnessed a new dawn in Anambra with the advent of Governor Willie Obiano.
Apart from teachers’ capacity building, the commissioner also disclosed that the state government was currently building hostels in all the technical schools to provide adequate accommodation for students while building partnerships aimed at enabling students to acquire hands-on experience while in school just as she pointed out that government strives towards work-base certification to curtail spread of diseases while government targets zero unemployment in the state.
Presenting the award to the commissioner, president of Bring-It-On Africa Mr. Chigbo Joseph Nweke said the recognition was given to the commissioner based on her monumental efforts in the basic education sector of Anambra state.
Nweke also said that the organisation’s awards were not for sale as they don’t give awards to the highest bidders but on grounds of merit and impact on the society noting that the mission and vision of the NGO was to discover, develop as well as deploy talents for the growth and development of the nation’s economy.