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University Graduates To Undergo Extra Year of Study Before NYSC – FG

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The federal government is considering a major policy change to its tertiary education that would see graduates go for an extra year of studies.

The Minister of State for Education, Anthony Anwukah, disclosed this yesterday

at a two-day retreat for governing councils of federal universities in Abuja.

 

The retreat, held under the theme: ‘Elements of Statutory Governance,

Procurement and Financial Accounting in Nigerian Universities,’

is to address the challenges of the education sector.

 

Anwukah said this was being considered because many university graduates

were not good enough to be employed by industries.

He said the proposal was similar to the extra year currently being

undertaken by law and medical students.

 

“Law students attend Law School for one year before going for NYSC and

medical students go for one year Housemanship before they are allowed to

practice fully, so it will be necessary for other courses to also go

through this process,” Anwukah said.

 

“The Lagos Business School can also serve as a one-year

after-school training,” he added.

Anwukah said the university system has let Nigeria down in

the country’s quest for industrial development.

He said the universities have failed to produce graduates that meet

the needs of the industries.

 

“The universities are producing products that are not matching the needs of the

industries. I urged the Committee of Pro-chancellors and Committee of

Vice-Chancellor to end the decline in the

standard of education,” he said.

He lamented that the Students Industrial Work Experience Scheme

(SIWES) system has failed in the universities.

Anwukah said the Nigerian university system has failed in producing

quality graduates who should be employed in Industries,

following its inability to meet their demands.

 

He challenged participants at the retreat to bridge the gap between

Nigerian universities and the industry.

According to Anwukah, ”At what point are we breaking the jinx of our

graduates not been able to meet the needs of our industries ”

He charged like minds to accept the challenge and begin to fashion out solution .

 

“It is a big challenge and it remains a problem in the Nigerian university System,

at what point do we find synergy, this is one of the problems the

retreat needs to address” the minister said.

Speaking on the importance of creating new knowledge in the Nigerian

university system, the Chairman Governing Board of the

National Universities Commission, Professor Emeritus,

Ayo Banjo said for Nigerian universities to achieve high ranking

in world university ranking system,

the universities must be adequately funded.

 

Banjo added that government subventions must be visible in the universities.

He emphasised that reasonable staff to student ratio

determines quality of education.

He called for curriculum reforms in the universities to produce

excellence graduates which would place Nigerian universities

on the world map.

 

Former NUC Executive Secretary, Prof. Munzali Jibril,

was optimistic that the issues raised in the retreat would help address

the problems faced in the universities.

Also, Prof. Ibrahim Jordi, representing the CVC said with knowledge

gained from the retreat, the level of education in the

Nigerian universities would be improved upon.

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