The state Commissioner for Technical Education, Hon Mrs Gbugbemi Ikolo has charged the National Business and Technical Examination Board NABTEB, to ensure that only candidates duly cleared by the Ministry of Technical Education are registered for the NABTEB Examinations in the state.

She made the charge during 2020 NABTEB briefing session organized by the state ministry of technical education in asaba.

The state commissioner for technical education Hon Mrs Gbubemi Ikolo said the 2020 NABTEB briefing session was organized by the ministry to offer stakeholders the opportunity to review the conduct of the last NBC/NTC examination organized by NABTEB and also to appraise the performance as well as constraints militating against the effective conduct of the examination, with a view to proffering recommendations.

Mrs Ikolo reminded all that the state Government has over the years been paying the registration fees of the candidates in the state owned Technical Colleges for the May/June NTC/NBC examination, in a means to promote and strengthen Technical and Vocational Education and Training in order to empower the youths for the state and national development.

She informed that the state already has Six existing Technical Colleges, in addition to the newly created Nineteen making it twenty five at one technical college per local government which is in tandem with the UNESCO recommendation.

While stressing that the ministry has zero tolerance to examination malpractices, the technical education commissioner informed that the ministry has established a standing Examination Ethics Disciplinary Committee mandated to examine all reported cases against school administrators, supervisor, teachers/invigilators with alleged involvement in examination malpractices, adding that those found culpable will be sanctioned.

In her remark, the state coordinator of NABTEB Mrs Oriri Edith said NABTEB mandate is to conduct assessment and award of certificates in Technical and Vocational Education at the post basic level in addition to other functions, and stressed that the introduction of NABTEB Examination in the secondary schools will help create, maintain and sustain the consciousness of the very essence of entrepreneurial education.

She further informed that the notion that NABTEB results is not accepted by universities in the country is not true, adding that all universities in the country do accept it.

In other remarks, the state NUT Chairman Mr Okotie, state NAPPS chairman Mr Ifoghele, state ANCOPPS chairman Dr Emeni, and representative of the Executive Secretary Vocational Education Board Dr Agbogidi Goodnews, praised the state Governor Dr Ifeanyi Okowa for creating the Ministry for Technical Education, explaining that it has given great hope to the future of the state in terms of entrepreneur and skillful youths.

They further appreciated him for appointing the right person with great experience as commissioner of the ministry and promised to support the ministry at all times in achieving set goals.

The NABTEB briefing session was also attended by the principals of the six technical colleges in the state, and also directors of the ministry.

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