1John A. U. Uka(2) Vincent E. Onweh (3) Peter J. Udoessiet
Department of Technical Education,
Rivers State University of Education
Rumuolumeni, Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
(2,3) Department of Vocational Education
University of Uyo, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.
The curriculum is the prime mover to achieve students’ skills acquisition. It is always in tandem with the dynamics and societal changes. Skills acquisition of employable skills for self-reliance have received increasing attention in the recent past in Nigerian Educational Policy. An important ingredient for success in the on-going efforts by the government at alleviating poverty, minimizing corruption, attaining food security, achieving uninterrupted electric power supply, reducing unemployment of youths and keeping pace with the dynamics of societal changes and emerging technologies, is the effective delivery of qualitative technical and vocational education courses. This paper highlights constructivism in instructional delivery as what most present-day technical teachers should adopt: a framework in which the role of the teacher becomes that of a facilitator. The paper posits the need to strengthen the vocational education curriculum, adequately supply of instructional materials and the motivate the teacher who is at the centre stage of all the activities in skills acquisition. Some recommendations to government were also made.
Keywords: Dynamics, Societal, Changes, Curriculum, Vocational skills Acquisition