Bias Against Vocational Education In Nigeria And Poverty: Perspective On Northern Region

Shuaibu Shehu Kura, Yusuf A.T. Mukhtar

Abstract


Unemployment and poverty are problems that Nigeria has been struggling to address. Vocational education is a source of consolation in solving these economic ills.  It is a form of education whose primary purpose is to prepare beneficiaries for employment in specific occupations. The terms technical and vocational education are sometimes used interchangeably. Vocational education prepares its beneficiaries for self-reliance through self-employment and reduces unemployment and poverty through skills acquisition that creates potential entrepreneurs and or employees and therefore, eases the transition from school to work while supplying employers with trained workers. Regrettably, despite all the derivable social, political and economic benefits of vocational education to our lives and economic sustainable development, Nigeria has exerted undue significance on general studies that are based on colonial educational system that is devoid of employable skills. Using secondary data this paper showcases the Nigeria’s bias against vocational education and identified unemployment, religious soldiering, drug addiction and political thuggery as some of the negative consequences of the bias and neglecting vocational education.  The paper recommends aggressive campaign to combat the misconception about vocational education; adequate funding; and reviving the vocational secondary school system among others.


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Poverty, vocational education, religious soldiering, political thuggery.

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