The Need to Reposition Nigerian Technical Education to Meet Current Economic Needs
This paper x-ray technical education as an academic programme that prepares students for jobs involving applied sciences with a particular emphasis on polytechnic education. It added that technical education leads to the acquisition of practical and applied skills as well as basic scientific knowledge in various subject areas and aimed at preparing graduates for occupation that are classed above the skilled crafts but below the scientific profession. The paper revealed lack of qualified manpower (qualified technicians, skilled, semi-skilled manpower and technologists) needed to develop our economy resulting from imbalance in our educational system and therefore emphasized the need for educational innovation as a good philosophical reason for seeking innovation in education to improve knowledge, skill and attitude of our manpower The paper therefore recommends that governments at various levels should encourage and give technical education its right of place. This will ensure the proper utilization of both human and material resources as well as convert these resources to meet a wide range of economic needs of the society. KEYWORDS: Education, Technical Education, Polytechnic Education, Knowledge, Manpower, Educational Innovation, Knowledge, Economic Needs, Society.
Authors Name: Aniogbolu, C. A., Anyira, E. I. and Onyenwenu, C.