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Edo government to boost technical, vocational education

The Edo State Universal Basic Education Board has said the state government plans to boost Technical and Vocational Education and Training with the 3,000 teachers, who will be recruited under the Edo Supporting Teachers to Achieve Result teacher recruitment programme.

The Chairperson, Edo State Universal Basic Education Board, Dr. Joan Oviawe, said the board had received orders from Governor Godwin Obaseki, to educate students on the requisite skills.

She said, “As you are aware, basic education extends to junior secondary school. We are trying to put in place the necessary tools that will make us roll this out. In line with that, we have the Edo Supporting Teachers to Achieve Result recruitment programme.

“We had over 38,000 applicants. Out of this, 11,000 were shortlisted for a computer-based test. From those that took the test, we will do a further review so that we can select the best 3,000 graduate teachers that will be hired amongst them. By the end of May, we ought to have shortlisted the new teachers.”

On the curriculum to drive the teaching of technical and vocational education, Oviawe noted, “We have started work on the curriculum for junior secondary school. The governor has given us a marching order to educate students and have them acquire the requisite skills. Skills acquisition is now a strong component of our basic 7, 8 and 9 education system in Edo State.”

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