Vocational Education as a Strategy for the Sustenance of Socio-Economic Empowerment of Nigerians
Utibe, U. J. and Udongwo, G. E.
Journal Title:Journal of Research in Education and Society
The socio-economic status of Nigerians could be enhanced through the empowerment using vocational education, whose activities spread across all fields of study and sectors of the economy. This survey therefore examines vocational education as a strategy for the sustenance of socio-economic empowerment of Nigerians. The basic aims are to know when vocational education should be introduced, challenges facing vocational education and types of vocational education that should be introduced to students so as to provide a scientific stand point on the subject matter. The study is conducted in the southsouth and south-east geopolitical zones of Nigeria. Teachers and other education stakeholders totaling 1850 were used for the study. Three research questions were raised and answered. Two sets of questionnaire were used for data collection. The instruments were validated by two vocational Educators and one measurement and evaluation lecturer. The reliability of the instruments was determined using Pearson Product Moment Coefficient statistics as 0.84, 0.79 and 0.88. Data was analysed using frequency and percentage. The findings reveal among others that vocational education should be introduced at the primary level. It is recommended that the federal government should setup machinery to introduced vocational education with a special curriculum in the primary schools.