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NBTE IN COLLABORATION WITH UNESCO PARIS DEVELOPED MORE TECHNICAL TEXTBOOKS FOR NIGERIA POLYTECHNICS

 

Following the successful completion in December 2008 of 246 textbooks and training manuals for the National Diploma in mechanical, civil, electrical, computer technology, building construction, quantity surveying and science laboratory technology, the National Board for Technical Education, NBTE in cooperation with UNESCO launched another drive to develop more textbooks for other disciplines. As part of a capacity building project for the Revitalisation of Technical and vocational Education- Phase II, textbooks and teaching material are being prepared for all disciplines that have updated and revised curricula completed in the first Phase of the Project.

As before six teams of lecturers from Kaduna Polytechnic commenced the drafting of the textbooks for Business Management and Administration, Accountancy, Statistics, Office Technology Management, Hospitality Management and Leisure and Tourism Management with the guidance of UNESCO specialist. The groups followed set guidelines for the formats and production of the textbooks and examples of similar materials produced with UNESCO assistance, in Nigeria and other countries, were provided to all the teams.

At the second Learning Material Development Workshop held at Kaduna Polytechnic from 22 June to 3 July 2009 the drafts for the textbooks were further developed by the 72 national experts and reviewed by 6 international consultants. The completed textbooks totalling 110 will added to the first group of 246 textbooks and will be made available to all Polytechnics for a trial run for one year before further evaluation and revisions are carried out. The textbooks are written in digital format with a view for the introduction of e-Learning in the future. They will all be loaded on NBTE Website for easy access by all students and lecturers.

At the closing Ceremony held on Friday 3 July 2009 NBTE Executive Secretary, Dr. Nuru Yakubu was presented with hard copies of the textbooks. He expressed his appreciation to the Nigerian participants and UNESCO international consultants for this tremendous achievement. All the participants were then presented with Certificates of Participation in the workshop.

It should be noted that technical books are scarce in general and very expensive to buy from abroad and in any case they do not necessarily suit the Nigerian curricula.

The professional development of the lecturers and senior lecturers to produce their own teaching material on such a large scale will enhance the national capacity for improving the quality of technical and vocational education and training. It will also provide students and graduates of the Polytechnics and Technical colleges with essential technical resources during their studies and after graduation.

 

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