One of our eminent ministers said a few months ago that Nigerian graduates are unemployable. The statement may seem presumptuous and even arrogant because it reeks of generalization. Was she taken out of context (even though she may be stating the obvious)? In my profession, I have come across a lot of what we like to term in common cliché ‘the half-baked graduates’. These people slap a blush into your face during simple conversations.
Hmmm….what happened during undergraduate days? How did they get to graduate (maybe even gain admission in the first place)? I hate to have to blame the system; but the system is to be dragged into this once again! The overall rot through early education to that stage is all a pointer to government’s neglect. Students graduate from higher institutions without having ever used a computer. How can they fit into modern day working environment? You may fill in the blanks.
All this is clearly connected to our poor learning landscape. It is no surprise that more people squeeze their income to afford better education. Why? The difference is ‘7-up'(clear). Where are the English graduates who can write a proposal? Or Doctors who will administer a proper CPR? Have you seen Engineers who cannot perform simple algebra101? It beats me! We sure have our work cut out for us. I am trusting that we will get there!

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  1. Its something to think about but then as much as we will like to blame the govt. I put my blame at the feet of the parents cause I believe if the govt is not working for us, its about time we work for ourselves. We see situations these days of parents instead of allowing their children to repeat when asked to, they change there children’s sch n even lie about the child’s class; some are ready to bribe their children’s way thru sch – from primary to university. Why then won’t we have half – baked graduates. May God save us all n what we are producing these days.

  2. It is sad to think or say we do have’ half baked ‘ graduates but is it not the reality? Nigerians are known to be ‘certificate crazy’ and we saw that recently when it was reported some government officials were asking for certificate for a course they had paid to attend but never did attend how sad and embarrassing. Over the years this has being the norm. Society is more interested in certificate than content, But its changing gradually if we want to be optimistic.

  3. this will continue to exist as long as we still have parents who pay for machineries to seat for their chidrens exams,bribe their ways into uni for their kids and also encourage fake results.

    this is highly unfortunate.

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