Stan­dard ed­u­ca­tional curriculum’ll ad­dress unem­ploy­ment – Ex­perts

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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.

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