Governor Kayode Fayemi has stated that there is need to develop a new educational system in the country as the ‘white-collar-focused’ system can no longer support national development.
Speaking at the official flag-off of the Innovation Development and Effectiveness in Acquisition of Skills (IDEAS) project in Abuja on Monday September 12, Fayemi who was represented by the Ekiti State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Olabimpe Aderiye, said for any nation to catch up with the rest of the world, it would require digital, entrepreneurial, vocational skills and conventional education.
“The educational system bequeathed to us by our colonial masters and the current system of education in Nigeria are gradually being overtaken by civilization and technological advancement, manifesting in artificial intelligence, automation robotics and the likes, thereby resulting in educational policy summersault and labour market congestion, with its attendant vices.
“Arising from this standpoint therefore, there’s the urgent need to rejig our educational system to proffer solutions to the avalanche of challenges confronting us as a nation. It’s high time we tackled the menace with strong determination for a paradigm shift from the white-collar to the blue-collar enterprises.”