THE 21ST CENTURY CHALLENGES OF TECHNICAL EDUCATION IN NIGERIA
Uwaifo, V. O.
Journal Title:Journal of Research in Education and Society
Technical education deals with the training of technical personnel for the purposes of initiating, facilitating and implementing the technological development of a nation and also to create the basic awareness of technological literacy to our youths. In Nigeria, the training of technical personnel has witnessed formidable challenges ranging from poor funding to inadequate facilities both quantitatively and qualitatively, nonavailability of adequate human capacity, brain drain and poor staff training and retention profiles. Others include weak university/industry partnership, defective curricula, traditional approach to teaching, poorly equipped laboratories, poor monitoring of standards for the training of prospective technologists and an inadequate ICT environment. This study critically examined technical education and its challenges in Nigeria in the 21st century. It was concluded that a comprehensive reform towards technical education and a deliberate attempt to uplift the programme was the only panacea to a technological enderado in Nigeria.