Enugu Govt embarks on establishment of  8 STV schools to enhance entrepreneurship

Enugu State Government has embarked on establishment  of  8 new Science,Technical ,Vocational Schools, to equip students with necessary skills that will make them self -reliant and enhance entrepreneurship. 

Commissioner for Education, Professor Ndubueze Mbah, made this known Wednesday, July 10, while briefing newsmen after the inspection  of work at the Government Technical College (GTC) Enugu,(site of one of the new STV schools).

Professor Mbah said  there would be three models of the STV Schools focusing on Science and Technology; Building and Architecture; and Industrial Agriculture.

Pix- Prof Mbah, ( m)

He regretted that the GTC, Enugu, which was established in 1948, had lost its glory. He  reassured  the determination of the Mbah administration to refocus the young ones of the state on science, technical, and vocational education underlined by practical learning to help them fit into the 21st Century industry.

The Commissioner said, “as you could see, this historic institution established in 1948 has lost its former glory. The buildings all around us are in different stages of dilapidation.

“But we are happy to share with Ndi Enugu the good news that the Enugu State Government has already embarked on a very audacious education reform project to establish 8 brand new Science, Technical, and Vocational Schools servicing SS1 to SS3 in the STVSMB category of schools, starting with GTC.

“The Governor believes that we are now in a new age of industry and technology. So, we want to bring back the lost glory of GTC, but making sure that it reflects the new opportunities and realities of industrialization, economic development, and youth empowerment

“We will be establishing one new STV School in each of the 8 federal constituencies in Enugu State over the next two years. The very first is being sited at this historic location, GTC, Enugu.

“There will be three models of the Science Technical and Vocational schools. The first model is focusing on science and technology. These are schools that are going to train our young people, who have finished from basic schools and the Enugu Smart Green Schools as well as graduates, who have no job. We are going to train them in the areas of emerging technology, preparing them to be ready for industry, the areas of robotics, mechatronics, coding, programming, ICT, and others with the objective of getting these young people ready for industry.

Pix – GTC premises

“The other model is the School of Building and Architecture. These are vocational schools where our children will learn all components of building – from bricklaying to electricals, plumbing, roofing, among others. We will manufacture our materials in these schools and we will build.

“The third model is the Science Technical and Vocational School of Industrial Agriculture”.

Prof Mbah disclosed  the government’s plan to build a Smart Green school at  GTC, Enugu, premises to ensure easy pathway to science, technical and vocational education for the students. He added that the state  government also planned to build Smart secondary schools across the state.

Pix- Work in progress

The Commissioner  said the initiative reflected the administration’s 33 per cent allocation to the education sector in the Enugu State 2024 budget .

“We have Model Senior Secondary Schools that are also Smart Schools that are forthcoming. And there is also historic milestone investment in our tertiary institutions. So, this is once again a very important milestone in the achievement of the educational reform vision of Governor Mbah for Enugu State,” Prof Mbah said.

In his brief remarks,  the Principal of GTC, Enugu, Christopher Isife, described the STV School project at GTC as a game changer for the long forgotten and dilapidated institution.

Pix- Principal GTC, Isife(4Th L)

“It has never been better in the past years of our existence as a College, but today, the talk and do Governor has come to wipe away our tears. So, the GTC community, students, and teachers are very, very happy and we are grateful to him,” he said.

Author: Maureen Ikpeama

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