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Stakeholders task govt on entrepreneurship education in schools




Lagos, June 9, 2019 Some stakeholders in the education sector have advised the Federal Government to properly implement and monitor entrepreneurship education in schools.

They gave the advice in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos on Sunday.

They noted that such monitoring and implementation of entrepreneurship education in schools would boost the nation’s economy.

Dr Onyeka Jaivbo-Ojigbo, President, Eduskill Fair, said that there was a system in place to promote vocation studies in schools but the problem in the country was implementation.

Jaivbo-Ojigbo said that the education system of 6-3-3-4 was already established that when you do the junior school, you could not go further by intelligence but you could go to technical education.

She said that the system was not being enforced as it should.

According to her, everybody is compulsorily carried along.

“ We send some to vocation or technical schools and in the end, the students will not be writing JAMB consistently because there is already a path for everybody.

“We are saying that schools already have this system. Let us enforce and implement it; which will be easier for everybody in the end.

“We cannot grow the economy waiting for government all the time.

“If people have vocation and it is doing well, they will employ other people and the burden will be less.

“Government should have a monitoring arm in all they do. The laws are there; curriculum is there; all that we need is implementing the laws,’’ she said.

According to her, we should also encourage individuals not to sit down and wait for government all the time but to take advantage of the free vocational training such as the Eduskill Fair.

She said if there were two, three groups of people organising seminars on entrepreneurship; that means there is hope for the country.

Mrs Adefunke Ase, the Principal Partner, A. S. Ase and Co, said that whether the country likes it or not, there is an element of education in entrepreneurship.

Ase said that the nation’s curriculum, especially in the university should be made to accommodate entrepreneurship so as to give the country a robust economy.

According to her, with government encouraging vocation, it will help our youths to be busy with their hands.

She said that being educated was different from just school work.

“We are talking about being educated in special skills. Skills that can give you the required desire in terms of what you want to achieve for yourself.

“You have to balance the type of education you want to get if you want to be an entrepreneur.

“Individuals should go into courses that will bring out their innermost desire.

“If your desire is not in the university, do not bother going there,’’ she said.

According to her, we are talking about being educated in special skills; skills that can give you the required desire and bring about developments in the country.

Edited by Adeleye Ajayi