Benin — Minister of Education, Prof. Ruqayyatu Rufai, said at the weekend that the Federal Government has concluded arrangements to make computer based test a compulsory component of admission and matriculation examinations into tertiary institutions from next year.
The minister, who stated this in Auchi at the 20th convocation ceremony of Auchi Polytechnic, Auchi in Edo State, said the programme is to ensure that Nigerian youths take Information Communication Technology (ICT) seriously.
The minister, who was represented by the Executive Secretary of National Board for Technical Education (NBTE), Dr. Maasu'd Kazaure, said the growing number of unemployed graduates in the country made government to mandate all tertiary institutions in the country to introduce entrepreneurial education in their programmes to develop skills that would make graduates depend less on paid employment.
"To ensure that our youths take ICT education seriously, government has approved computer based test as a component of admission and matriculation examination into our tertiary institutions. This will be effective from 2013. There is no gainsaying that the challenges facing the educational sector are quite enormous. To tackle this, government has consistently made efforts at increasing the budget for education. This administration will continue to strive towards ensuring that funding education is greatly improved," she said.
The minister also commended the industrial harmony between government and workers unions in various tertiary institutions saying, "I hope this will continue in the years to come". Speaking at the occasion, the first lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, commended the women at the helms of affairs of the polytechnic and other polytechnics across the country, saying they have shown that they can perform "efficiently and effectively" like their male counterparts.
Mrs Jonathan, who was represented by the Minister of Women Affairs, Hajia Zainab Maina, at the ceremony where she was conferred with an honorary fellowship by the Auchi Polytechnic, promised to use her Women for Change and Development project to assist women.
On her part, rector of the polytechnic, Dr Philipa Idogho, said the school is being positioned under her administration to maintain its status as the best polytechnic and second best tertiary institution in Nigeria, according to the latest Webometrica report ranking universities in the world.