Eunice Emeyazia/ Donald Monu
In keeping with the stronger delta agenda of the Governor Okowa administration of building a technology driven economy, Technical and Vocational Education is a sine-qua-non to the realisation of this agenda.
This was the thrust of the message by the Commissioner for Technical Education, Hon. Princess Shola Daibo, when she monitored the two day Computer Based recruitment exams for shortlisted candidates to teach in Technical Colleges across the state.
The exercise witnessed massive turnout at the Asaba, Ogwashi-Uku, Abraka and Warri centers for both the morning and afternoon sessions, as pregnant women and nursing mothers who were among shortlisted candidates for the tests were on hand to write the tests.
The Commissioner was on ground to monitor the accreditation process and examination proper at all the centers for the two day duration of the exercise, which she said was smooth and orderly.
Addressing the students, Hon. Daibo encouraged them to put in their best, as only those who met the cut off marks and studied courses relating to available vacancies would be considered.
She observed that many had challenges operating the computer, which was why the CBT test was carried out, to ensure those who were finally recruited had the computer knowledge required to man the various machines in the Technical schools.
Some of the candidates who spoke lamented the unemployment rate in the country which has turned some graduates into crime, and commended the recruitment move, adding however that merit should be the watchword.
It would be recalled that Delta state had only six technical schools before Governor Ifeanyi Okowa approved nine additional ones for the first phase. And as three of the new Technical schools prepare to take off at Asaba, Obiaruku and Effurun, it became necessary to recruit more teachers to impact the new intakes, hence the Computer Based Test.