By Onomiguren Agbamu
The Hon. Commissioner for Technical Education, Delta State, Hon. Joan Onyeamechi has revealed many children are clamoring to go to the state-owned technical colleges, saying plans are in top gear to bring in boarding facilities to the older technical schools to enable the colleges to absolve more students.
The Hon. Commissioner disclosed this on Monday, at Asaba when journalists visited her to know her assessment so far on school resumption across the state.
She noted that the technical colleges became an attraction to children when they saw the beautiful buildings with different crafts that were all well-equipped.
Adding that the immediate past governor, Senator (Dr.) Ifeanyi Okowa took a detailed determination to bring up technical education, saying the ex-governor understood that it was not enough to have paper qualification that does not add value and that the need for the next generation to have both the paper qualification and skills becomes imperative.
She revealed that, “ the moment the technical colleges started, the children started seeing high-rising beautiful buildings with different crafts that are all equipped, the interest was very high”.
Revealing “since I resumed office, it has been tough with request and some children are saying to their parents that they don’t want to go back to the regular schools, they want technical education”.
“ This is actually a challenge we have, it is overflowing, that is reawakening even the older technical schools, we are trying to see how we can also sort them out to bring up boarding facilities in those older ones”.
“ Even with the high cut-off mark that we put, we are still having more than enough children who passed that need to come into the colleges”
“ For the last exams for the modern technical schools, we have almost four thousand students who applied for the entrance examination, and we barely have a thousand two hundred spaces for all students, it really a tough call”.
“ Beyond those that wrote the exams, we have parents that clamour to change their children midway and students want to switch to technical colleges to repeat classes that they find out that one can write WAEC and go to the university.
” Whatever I need to do to improve the life of the children to enhance them I will be proud of it, saying God will give her the ability to achieve it”
While she commended the state governor, Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborewori for his kind support and for looking out for those who ordinarily would be treated as nobody, he would have closed his eyes to face the regular students but he chose to go beyond that.
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