FCTA mulls entrepreneurship education in secondary schools



FCTA mulls entrepreneurship education in secondary schools

By Salisu Sani-Idris

The Administration of the Federal Capital Territory (FCTA) through the Council for Secondary Education (SEB) said it will make entrepreneurship education compulsory in all secondary schools to combat unemployment .

The chairman of the board, Alhaji Yahaya Mohammed, made it known during the FCT-SEB Entrepreneurship Exhibition and Awards at the Cyprian Ekwensi Arts and Culture Center in Abuja on Thursday.

Mohammed said entrepreneurship would help tackle unemployment in the country.

“What we are presenting today is the product of a vision that is currently being put into practice. This will go a long way in causing the recurring cases of unemployment and insecurity that we currently have in Nigeria.

“Our goal is for a short time from now, our FCT students should be able to fend for themselves and also when entering higher education institutions.

“Those who come from disadvantaged homes should be able to fend for themselves and complete their higher education; after which they will become employers of labor rather than looking for white collar jobs, ”he said.

The president revealed that the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment under the trade test exams had approved 23 subjects.

He said teachers have been employed for the relevant subjects to ensure that students acquire qualitative entrepreneurial skills in preparation for writing and certification in business tests one, two and three.

Earlier, SEB director Ms Nanre Emeje said the board was determined to raise children who would drop out of school tomorrow and become CEOs of companies.

“In fact, some of them have already left our schools about three or four years ago and are already CEOs of companies.

“We want a lot of them to drop out of school and go as far as possible with their passion for entrepreneurial skills.

“One thing we have also done is to push them further not only in learning skills, but we have been able to encourage them to take trades one, two and three exams in our schools,” said Emeje.

She said the Federal Department of Labor and Productivity has accredited some of the schools and that they are writing business tests one, two and three.

“It’s a certificate that now supports the skills they’ve learned, so that’s how far we’ve come.

“Already we have a partnership with some of the competence centers like the Industrial Trust Fund, and some of the CEOs are also proposing that we can bring our students so that they can learn more,” she said. (NAA)


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