Post date: Mar 31, 2014 2:22:45 PM

1. Curriculum is a systematically planed, organized and guided set of academic instructions or learning experiences intended at positive learning outcomes or behavioral changes in an individual or student to make him useful to both himself and the society at large within a time constrain.

2. Individuals trained under an area of technical specialization such as mine should be capable of identifying the different parts, materials, and types of a building. Being able to locate and make choices of both the parts and building structures at the appropriate places. He also be able to design, read, and interpreted building drawings or plans and transfer them to the ground with high degree of accuracy.

3. The ten experiences that an individual trained under an area of specialization such as mine should be exposed to, are as follows:

i. Know what is a building and its components.

ii. He should be aware of safety precaution (causes and effects of accidents caused both in the workshop and on sites)

iii. He should be experience about the different types of building and their uses.

iv. He should knowledgeable about the preliminary activities carried out on the site before proper construction begins.

v. He should be aware of factors that determine the choice of a foundation for a building.

vi. Behavior of the various types of soil.

vii. Choice of both materials and tools for a particular job.

viii. Knowing the various methods of construction.

ix. Be aware of causes and effect of building failures.

x. Be aware of the precautionary and preventive measures to be taken.

xi. Have a good idea of other trades and personals together with their hierarchy that are involved in the building industry and how they perform their jobs or roles they play.

xii. Have a little idea about the national building code.

4. The five challenges affecting curriculum planning in vocational and technical education are:

i. Government policy.

ii. Poor maintenance culture by the government. Old facilities can not be replaced and maintained.

iii. Government going for cheap materials rather than on things would last.

iv. Refusal of release of funds by either government or educational ministries for setting up of school workshops rather looking at it as waste of resources and turning the project to build and equipped sound science laboratories.

v. Non-supervision of vocational and technical educational projects for proper completion by the educational administrators or top government officials because of their lack knowledge in this area.

vi. Lack of supervision/evaluation of academics instruction and performance of both the instructor and the students by the ministry and school administrator.