The National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) has developed over 60 new and reviewed curricula, National Occupational Standards (NOS) and Open, Distance and Flexible e-Learning (ODFeL) Courseware in Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET).
The agency said the new and revised curricula was long overdue as it would help to provide general guidance to institutions in determining the body of knowledge and skills while also addressing the employability problems in the country.
Executive Secretary, NBTE, Prof. Idris Bugaje, said this at the public presentation of the new and reviewed National Diploma (ND), Higher National Diploma (HND) curricula NOS and ODFeL in Abuja.
Some of the new and reviewed curricula are: ND/HND in Petroleum and Gas Processing Engineering, Transport, Planning and Management, Strategic Communication and Media Studies, Water Sanitation and Hygiene and Organic Agricultural Technology.
Others are: Homeland Security, Articulated Vehicle Driving, Construction Equipment Operation and Traditional and Herbal Hygiene as part of the new and reviewed NOS for skill training.
According to him, the number of developed regulatory instruments represents just about 15 per cent of the total on offer.
He, therefore, called on the need for the board to keep developing and reviewing more in order to bring them to national and international standards.
The executive secretary said: “The board has a combined total of over 350 curricula, NOS and ODFEL courseware in the Nigerian TVET system.
“The notable quality of these curricula is that they are industry-driven; developed and/or reviewed with the full participation of the Nigerian industries to address the employability problems that are often encountered by our Diploma holders upon graduation.
“The problem of employers of labour incurring additional cost to retrain our products in order to fit into their operation is hopefully being solved.
“The peculiar type of training that should be given to Polytechnic and Monotechnic students in line with the national objective of encouraging youth’s economic self-reliance, entrepreneurship as a programme has, more than ever before, become one of the key features of the reviewed curricula.”