The National Business and Technical Examinations Board (NABTEB) has announced a new date for the conduct of the first set of the Modular Trades Certificate Examinations, which was introduced last year.
Announcing the date for the new examination in Benin , the Registrar/Chief Executive of NABTEB, Prof. David Awanbor said, the Modular Trades Certificate Examination, which is designed to empower semi-literate technicians/artisans and harness their skills for the sustainable technological development of the nation will begin on Thursday March 25 and end on the 26 th of March 2004 .
Prof. Awanbor said the examination comprises simple objective questions and practical work on specific areas of specialization (Module) in selected trades such as Auto-Mechanic, Electrical Works, Radio, Television Electronic Work, Computer Craft Studies, Catering, Book Keeping and Secretarial Studies.
He explained that the main aim of the examination is to encourage and exploit the skills of talented roadside mechanics, electricians and a host of other technicians and artisans to lay a solid foundation for their self-enhancement and the technological advancement of the nation.
According to Awanbor, who doubles as the Executive Secretary of the Association for Educational Assessment in Africa (AEAA), the examination is equally designed to enhance career development and the upward mobility of technicians and artisans in both the public and the private sector.
“The Modular Trade Certificate Examination offers a golden opportunity for talented and skilled technicians or artisans who could not be gainfully employed or duly promoted for lack of acceptable educational qualification,” Prof Awanbor declared.
He affirmed that those qualified to obtain the examination forms currently on sale in Technical Colleges, Federal and State Ministries of Education, NIPOST offices as well as State Science and Technical Schools Boards include holders of Primary Six plus Certificate of apprenticeship and Primary Six Certificate plus Trade Test Grade III, II and I.
Other eligible candidates are holders of J.S.S. III with sufficient knowledge in Introductory Technology, Federal Craft Certificate and any other equivalent qualifications.
The NABTEB boss expressed optimism that with the mobilization of the numerous talented technicians and artisans through the Modular Trades Certificate Examination, the nation shall be able to optimally harness its manpower resources for the much-desired sustainable development.
Prof Awanbor expressed his Board's appreciation of the progressive decision taken by some State Governments to shoulder the responsibility of enrolling candidates for NABTEB examinations saying, “such a technologically-driven gesture is bound to accelerate the pace of development in the society”.
He however, warned that the closing date for the sale of examination forms, which is February 15, 2004 might not be extended, hence the need for interested candidates and sponsors within and outside Nigeria to make hay while the sun shines.