UNESCO in conjunction with the National Board for Technical Education has developed 146 instructional materials and books that will aid technological education for seven programmes in the nation?s polytechnics.
The Executive Secretary, NBTE, Dr. Nuru Yakubu, who disclosed this at the closing ceremony of a national workshop on Development of Instructio-nal Material/Books for New TVE Curricula in Kaduna, said the pilot scheme would be run at National Diploma level.
According to him, the programmes that will benefit from the UNESCO-aided scheme include Civil Engineering with 25 courses; Mechanical Engineering (20); Electrical/Electronics Engineering (21); Science Laboratory Technology (28); Building Technology (19); Quantity Surveying (13); and Computer Science (20).
Yakubu stated that these programmes would only provide a test case while a set of other programmes would follow immediately upon the success of the formal.
He added that the 146 course materials would eventually be developed for all technical and vocational programmes approved by the NBTE in all the nation?s polytechnics.
Yakubu, who is also the National Project Coordinator of the UNESCO-Nigeria project for the Revitalisation of TVE, said the board embarked upon the project after it found out that books and instructional materials to drive the new TVE curriculum were in short supply.
?The few materials that are available are mainly imported and beyond the reach of most staff and students and in many cases, not suited to our local situation,? he said.
He added that most of the publications available did not also specifically treat topics relevant to the revised curricula.
Yakubu disclosed that 57 curricula at various levels of TVE education had been reviewed while about 9,000 lecturers in the TVE sub sector were trained under the UNESCO-Nigeria TVE project.
He added that six new staff development centres had been established as part of the on-going capacity building programme in the sub-sector.