‘Standardised curriculum, catalyst to Nigeria’s employability shortfall’
Experts have identified the establishment of a standardised education curriculum as a veritable catalyst to Nigeria’s employability challenges.
The experts, who argued that standardisation is very vital to tackle the nation’s employability challenges, said there is an urgent need for government to take conscious efforts to get critical stakeholders involved in addressing the challenges.
Speaking at the second edition of project employ career fair organised by Gr8jobsng, tagged, “Project Employ 2.0: Repositioning Our Youth for a Digital Tomorrow,” the Managing Director, U-Connect and Gr8jobsng, Omomene Odike, said until the country improved on its governance framework, there would be no much progress.
Reiterating the importance of education standardisation, she said: “In Western societies, you find out that everything concerning education, whether it is at the secondary or tertiary levels are standardised.
“Standardisation is very vital and we don’t have that here; therefore, there is a need for the government to take a conscious effort to get all stakeholders involved, and until we improve governance framework, we are not going to make much progress.”
Odike, who also noted that Nigerian universities are presently working in silos, stressed the need for a unified and codified process of transferring employability skills across the country.
She emphasised the need for employability courses to be entrenched into secondary school curriculum, noting that there is no consistent pattern in government’s employability initiatives, adding that most of the employability issues in society are more political than geared toward problem solving.
She explained: “The 2019 career fair focuses more on repositioning the youth for the digital space. We have noticed that there has been a shift from having people, who have the certification and qualifications to people who have the skills.
“The feedback from the last career fair, indicated that lot of the youths do not understand the idea of the digital space and the future of work on the global stage. As a result, there is a need to continually engage the youth on platforms that can prepare their minds ahead, with lots of training and discussion on the future of work.”
In his remarks, the Chairman of Ubong King Foundation, Ubong King, said problem identification is the beginning of opportunities, noting that anywhere there is a problem, there is an opportunity.
“We have over 62.5 million youths that cannot be employed because they don’t have skills, and why don’t they have the required skills? That is because they are not trained for skills.”
King opined that the way forward is to reposition the education sector to develop skills acquisition, while calling on government to get the right people involved in the system.
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