*World Bank to sponsor 17, 000 students
Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara state has justified the high fees charged by the International Vocational Centre, Ajase-Ipo, saying the school is not a technical school, but specialised school.
Ahmed made the clarification on Tuesday during his regular ‘Governor Explains’ programme on radio stations in the state.
The Governor said the vocational school is the first of its kind in the country, adding that it not like the conventional Technical Colleges of old.
The fees to be paid by prospective students ranged from N300, 000 to N400, 000 per term of three terms.
Fee for Welding is N438, 000 per term, N348, 000 per term for Bricklaying, N355, 000 for auto mechanic per term.
Defending the fees, Governor Ahmed stressed that graduates of the Vocational Centre become employers of labour once they finish from the school.
“The International Vocational Centre is not like the Technical Colleges where you pay less than N10, 000 per term, not even can it be equated with the Polytechnics.
“At the Vocational Centre, it is not theory based, but practical and handwork. For example, those studying welding, every electrode used will be charged to the school fee,” Ahmed added.
He declared that any graduate of the school will become automatic boss as there will be no need for them to start looking for where to learn a trade.
“To learn such a trade or vocation is not easy because of the materials and equipment they will use in their training, hence the high fees,” he added.
The Governor however said that entry to the school will be by sponsorship, either by government, corporate bodies, individuals and international bodies.
Ahmed said the State Government will be sponsoring 85 students to the school yearly, made up of five students per local government.
The Governor also said that World Bank has agreed to sponsor 17, 000 students for various vocational courses in the school.
According to the Governor, the International Vocational Centre was not a school for all comers like the polytechnic.
He said that even, graduates of Polytechnic will have to come to the school for further training if they want to stand on their own.
The governor added that the school will be accredited by City and Guild of London to make certificates obtained acceptable worldwide.