Make technical colleges tuition free, Kwara assembly tells AbdulRazaq

Kwara state House of Assembly Tuesday asked the state government to make technical colleges in the state tuition free with boarding facilities to encourage enrollment into the colleges.

It also appalled for the reduction of Government Technical Colleges to three from the present six – Government Technical Colleges in the state and that they should be renamed as Government Science and Technical Colleges to promote vocational education.

The legislature recommended that the colleges be streamlined to represent each of the three senatorial district.

They  resolved that the one in Esie-Iludun should represent Kwara south, the one in Patigi for Kwara North and the one in Ilorin for Kwara central senatorial districts respectively.

These were part of the resolutions of the House in plenary after deliberating on the report of the House Committee on Education and Human Capital Development on a Memorandum on the Need To Revamp Technical/ Vocational Education in Kwara State.

The House further advocated that the curricula of the proposed Government Science and Technical Colleges be improved  and make each of them specialize in a particular vocational skill.

The lawmakers also called on the state government to establish a technical education board with an enabling statute to regulate and coordinate technical education in the state.

Meanwhile, the speaker, Hon Yakubu Danladi Salihu has announced that the lawmakers will begin deliberations on the general principles of the 2020 Appropriation Bill presented by the State Governor, Mallam AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq December last year.