Education Minister Requests One Extra Year For Graduates

The Minister of State for Education, Prof. Anthony Anwukah, has put forward a proposal for Nigerian students to spend extra year in specialized institutions after graduation to make them employable.

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This was during the ongoing Retreat for Governing Councils of Nigerian Federal Universities, organized by the National Universities Commission (NUC) with the theme, “Elements of Statutory Governance, Procurement and Financial Accounting in Nigerian Universities.”

He said the suggestion was being made because many university graduates were not good enough to be employed by industries.

“Law students attend Law School for one year before going for NYSC and medical students go for one year Houseman ship before they are allowed to practice fully, so it will be necessary for other courses to also go through this process,” Mr Anwukah said.

“The Lagos Business School can also serve as a one year after-school training,” he added.

The further stated that the industrial traing that was introduced into the University system to bridge this gap has failed in doing that.

Reacting to this, Professor of Developmental Education, University of Abuja, Prof Salisu Ingawa said that is not the solution and it may never work due to the fact that it will be cost intensive and may take a long time to be implemented.

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Also a professor of communication at Bayero University Kano, (BUK) Prof Umaru Pate said it might be difficult but that, it is ideal but the implementation is going to be problematic.

Prof Pate said the industries to absolve the graduate when they come may not be readily available and that could mean that the candidates would have to line up for them to be absolved.

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