INCLUSION OF ROBOTIC WELDING CONTENTS INTO METAL-WORK TECHNOLOGY PROGRAMME IN THE NIGERIA CERTIFICATE IN EDUCATION CURRICULUM
Alexander Gbenga OGUNDELE; Prof. Emmanuel J OHIZE & Dr. Ibrahim Yakubu UMAR
It is evidently clear that, economically developed countries in the world such as the United States of America, Germany, France, United Kingdom, Russia, China, and Japan, among others have robotic welding operations in the curriculum of their schools and colleges creating a huge gap between the developed and developing nations. This is needed in Nigerian schools and colleges in order to bridge the gap with the developed world. The minimum standards for Nigeria Certificate in Education as structured by the Federal Republic of Nigeria’s National Commission for Colleges of Education, shows clearly that Robotic welding is missing in the curriculum for Metalwork Technology Programme. This study focuses on the need to include robotic welding into Metal-work Technology Programme in the Nigeria Certificate in Education Technical Curriculum, overview of robotic welding, rate of usage of robots and robotic welding across the globe, benefits of robotic welding and robots market forecast for 2019 – 2021. In conclusion, the paper recommends among others that, all agencies and stakeholders responsible in curriculum development should always consider the current needs of the society and do away with stereotype curriculum that will not benefit the oncoming generations.