Hillary Ikechukwu Orjinta & Hope Ifeoma Orjinta, July 2020, Published: 2020-11-12
This paper examines technical and vocational education and national development: Issues and prospects for Nigeria’s development. Technical and Vocational Education have been identified as a key to national development. Any country without technological base cannot achieve any meaningful development. Presently, technical and vocational education has not been accorded the seriousness it deserves in Nigeria and this has affected the development of the country. This paper therefore examines the issues that have hindered the development of Nigeria through technical and vocational education. Hence, the disarticulation of Nigeria’s indigenous educational and technological development by the colonialists is highlighted in this paper. Other issues noted in this paper are: over-emphasis on paper qualification, inadequate manpower, Nigeria’s social environment and absence of apprenticeship programme in technical and vocational education. The documentary method was used in gathering data for this paper. The paper argues that the Chinese model can provide insight to Nigeria if the country is desirous of achieving any meaningful development. The paper therefore concludes that technical and vocational education cannot be wished away because it holds the key to the country’s development and that if the recommendations made in this paper are followed, Nigeria can begin to hope for real a or industrial development.