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For years now, it’s been a constant struggle for Nigeria university graduates to get jobs in top companies and organization, bulk of the reasons has been related to poor qualifications, not grades this time but most graduates don’t have the skills required by these companies. Fine, the educational system is below standard but we can’t expect companies to be placed in incompetent hands. What can be done to turn this unfortunate circumstance around?
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It is high time we started using technology to its full potential. As Don knezek, the CEO of the International Society for Technology in Education, rightly said, to have education without regard to technology is to consider medical profession without technology.
Technology could have moved teachers beyond blackboard teaching. We should have grown beyond the stage of contained and restricted computer class and computer teachers. We should have started using technology as a learning tool to change the face of education generally.
Organizations can design courses that offer skills that lack resources in traditional education despite high demand from employers (coding and social media marketing are common examples). All you have to do is invest in your probable workforce, gradually and subtly entrenching technology in the everyday lives of the upcoming working force.
We could, and we can, easily turn to these courses already launched by tech giants, but they were not built for us. What works in the Western world, no matter how brilliant it is, might prove limited and unreasonable when imported here because our dynamics are different. And this is why I must commend Interswitch. Nigeria is in the unshakable era of e-payment, what better happens than to build industry suitable e-payment professionals? And that is what they have done with their new Payment Certification programme.
Just Imagine if commercial giants in Nigeria such as Dangote cement, Zenith Bank Plc, Nigerian Breweries Plc rolled out certification courses which they developed based on their years of experience on surviving in the Nigerian market in partnership with Nigerian universities on online platforms. I see experience, skill, knowledge merging up to make formidable courses.
“We are working on an ICT University which will be the first in nigeria, It will train high caliber personnel that will service the ICT industry”.
If I were to determine the future of education certification, I’d put it half and half into the hands of universities and organizations. Let us strike a balance between theory and practical, between guesses and the real actual life.
Developing the modules shouldn’t be an issue either. Organizations have become experts at recruiting and singling out potential money makers from the thousands that apply to establishments on a yearly base. Make no mistake, there is a lot of benefit for these organizations too, they have the opportunity to plant specific ideas of their company’s image and how they would like to be perceived. Let us take this singular step, and watch our Nigerian graduates excel beyond our wildest imagination.