The Ogun State Government has decided to support eight principals and 11 instructors from all of the Government Science and Technical Colleges on a study tour to Germany as part of its effort to improve the human capital development of teachers at its technical and vocational colleges.
The move was motivated by the Governor Dapo Abiodun-led administration’s determination to continually train and retrain its personnel with the goal of connecting them with best global practices, according to Prof. Joseph Odemuyiwa, Special Adviser to the Governor on Technical and Vocational Education. He exhorted the attendees to repay the government’s significant investment by serving as good representatives of the nation.
He stated that the tour was carried out in conjunction with the German Agency for International Development (GIZ) and that it was scheduled to last between two and four weeks for principals and instructors, respectively. He added that the knowledge gained during the tour would be applied to the growth of the industry and improved instruction.
Odemuyiwa stated that the government would not give up on improving teachers’ capacity, promising that the government would sustain the opportunities so that others could benefit. She also gave the beneficiaries advice to stay focused throughout the tour and work to be assets rather than liabilities to the state.
Mr. Olubori Akinleye, the acting executive secretary of the Ogun Technical and Vocational Education Board, commended the government for taking several steps to re-engineer and revamp technical education, which has resulted in many positive outcomes and cautioned the audience not to misuse the opportunity in order to obstruct future opportunities.
Speaking on behalf of the recipients, Mr. Omotola Samuel, Principal, Government Science and Technical College, Ijebu-Ode, thanked the government and the German agency for broadening their perspective on the technical education sector and vowed not to let the board or the state down.
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