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Strengthening Research and Publications in TVET: NBTE Unveils Revamped Journal

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The National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) has taken significant strides to fortify innovative research and publications in the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) sector, with the unveiling of the Nigeria Journal of Technical Education (NJTE) Vol. 21. Prof. Idris Bugaje, the Executive Secretary of NBTE, made this announcement during the ceremony at the NBTE Head Office in Kaduna.


Prof. Bugaje emphasized the importance of scholars in the TVET sector actively participating in publishing their thoughts, innovations, and research findings to contribute to national development. He highlighted the need for disseminating the innovations within the Nigerian TVET sector to the wider academic community for recognition and adaptation.


The NJTE, which has been in existence for over 20 years, played a crucial role in disseminating research findings from polytechnics to the academic community in Nigeria and beyond from 1985 to 2015. Bugaje lamented that the publication became dormant in 2015, emphasizing that its revival would significantly enhance national development through the dissemination of innovative research findings.


“The Journal is open for inputs and contributions from academics in polytechnics and universities, including colleges of education. The journal will be published online in July and December of every year, beginning from 2024. We published the hardcopy this year because the authority of African Journals Platform needed to see the hardcopy. This will allow easy access to the journal from any part of the world,” Bugaje explained.


Engr. Musa D. Abdullahi, Chairman and Guest Speaker at the occasion, commended NBTE for reviving the NJTE, describing it as a "landmark" in the current quest for educational development. Abdullahi, the former Board Chairman of the NBTE, expressed optimism that NJTE would make a substantial difference in Nigeria's technical education sector.


“I am optimistic that it will attract a huge audience who will translate the innovative ideas to reality,” he said. Abdullahi advised the Editorial Board of the journal to publish meaningful research that translates into tangible development rather than submitting papers primarily to meet promotion requirements. He also called for rigorous scrutiny of all submissions before publication, ensuring the highest quality of research output.