By Stanley Onyekwere
Students in schools under the management of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Secondary Education Board has been charged to explore the various educational opportunity available to them through the practical teaching of the trade subjects in their respective schools, to create wealth from waste products in the Territory.
The Director of the Board, Mrs. Yelwa Fatima Baba-Ari, gave this charge while inspecting some of the products exhibited by the students of Government Secondary School, Byazhim, FCT, during their Science Week.
Peoples Daily reports that the trade-subjects in the seven comprehensive clutter centres include welding and fabrication, auto mechanical and electrical work, dyeing, painting and decoration and animal husbandry/fishery amongst others being offered in FCT Senior Secondary Schools.
Baba-Ari, who noted that she was encouraged by the display of different hand made products, said the trade subjects in various schools creates the opportunity for the students to sharpen their skills and developed economic products from different waste around their environment.
However, she commended the school for organizing such science week as it will continue to serve as a platform for students to show case their entrepreneurship skill for their individual sustenance.
According to a statement issued by the Board’s spokesperson, Odugbo Sarah, engaging in creation of wealth from waste will make them (students) self-reliance, thereby adding economy value to FCT and the nation as a whole.
“The significance of introducing the Trade-Subjects in our schools is to produce secondary school graduates who would be well prepared for higher education as well as having relevant functional trade and entrepreneurship skills needed for job and wealth creation.
“Teachers have been trained and adequately deploy to appropriate discipline teaching tenaciously to impact not only knowledge but enterprise culture of relevant skills to the students”, the statement quoted the director, who initiated the seven comprehensive cluster centres in FCT senior secondary schools.
She therefore, urged schools to ensure the students utilize their talents to maximum benefits adding that the knowledge acquired by the students in trade-subjects will enable them to be self-reliance and less dependence on government provision.
It would be recalled that, the Federal Government introduced new curriculum for SSI and FCT Administration, which the Board has already keyed into through its various initiatives.