Standard educational curriculum’ll address unemployment – Experts
EXPERTS have said the solution to Nigeria’s unemployment challenges lies in standard educational curriculum.
They added that there was an urgent need for government to take conscious efforts to get critical stakeholders involved in addressing the unemployment situation in the country.
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.
She gave instances of how the educational sector in the western climes were standardised.
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 were presently working in silos, said there was a 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 was no consistent pattern in government’s employability initiatives, she added that most of the employability issues in societies were more political than geared towards problem solving.
She stated, “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 was the beginning of opportunities, noting that anywhere there was a problem, there was an opportunity.
“We have over 62.5 million youths that cannot be employed because they don’t have skills, and they don’t they have the required skills, because they are not trained for skills,” he noted.
King maintained that the way forward was to reposition the education sector to develop skill acquisition course.
he called on the government to get the right people involved in the system.