The Vice-Chancellor of Kwara State University, Professor Akanbi has said it does not make any sense for Universities to graduate first class students without job enabling skills.
His stance came after the recent statement by the National Bureau of Statistics, NBS, that about 21.7 million Nigerians are unemployed.

The Vice-Chancellor said that it was pointless for universities in the country to graduate first class students who will later become jobless because they don’t have additional job-enabling skills.

He revealed that KWASU in its effort to provide a solution to the jobless situation many Nigeria youths found themselves after graduation, decided to make it a norm to produce graduates that are readily engaged in one job-enabling skills/trade or the other before and after graduation.

“Our university is a university of community development and entrepreneurship. We get our students involved in vocational things and technical aspects.

Already, we encourage our students to engage in different entrepreneurial skills, acquire, hold, and consider all certificates important. It does not make any sense if you are a first-class student and you are looking for a job.

And I mean the First class in any program. You see our students engage in things like making face masks, face shields, hand sanitizers, some are into tailoring, some are into carpentry, some are into what I call mechanical automobile repair and things like that.

And in the past, the CAC has given awards to our students because we are talking of every year almost 2,000 students registering with the CAC because when you come in, it is expected that it is not going to be only a classroom thing.”

26 COMMENTS

  1. I have heard many people argue that First Class has become cheap in Nigerian universities. They posit that some universities now distribute it as ‘pure water’ and that private universities are most guilty of this unwholesome practice, as some of them use it as a business strategy to keep attracting students. A lecturer at the Department of Chemistry, University of Abuja, Dr Ben Ugwoke, once reportedly averred that universities awarded first class to make their products “competitive.” Similarly, the Dean of Post Graduate Studies, Bayero University, Kano, Prof. Umaru Pate, believes the trend is worrisome. In a recent report in Daily Trust, he alleged that some universities deliberately awarded first class degrees in order to be seen as serious institutions where people could come in and graduate with very good grades. He said the situation was particularly so because the job market had become very stiff and highly competitive.

  2. Even them who talking about first class they don’t even have low grade …they sit in their position to frustrate applicant.

  3. Even them who are talking about first class they don’t even have lower grade.. They only sit in their position to frustrate applicant.

  4. the fact that you will put in somuch effort to graduate and then get back home to look for jobs which are either base on slot or connection very few jobs are genuinely employing their staffs on merit, i think more jobs should be created by the government because joblessness leads to increase in criminality.

  5. Nice speech but “NA TALK AND DO WE DEY”, Provision of facilities that will enhance such project, Not that we should acquire job enabling skills and all of UNA GO CLIMB BED GO SLEEP MAKE WE KEE OURSELVES. Started as early as my secondary school days to offer TRADE SUBJECTS, Our major challenge was lack of basic facilities. Til now in the tertiary institution, offering ENTREPRENEURIAL SKILLS as a COURSE is still DIFFICULT because of same INADEQUATE PROVISION OF FACILITY MATTER.

  6. Nigeria is a place where everyone is right…..
    Some people will just be saying rubbish because they manage to get into positions of authority….. What did they graduate with?

  7. I have heard many people argue that First Class has become cheap in Nigerian universities. They posit that some universities now distribute it as ‘pure water’ and that private universities are most guilty of this unwholesome practice, as some of them use it as a business strategy to keep attracting students. A lecturer at the Department of Chemistry, University of Abuja, Dr Ben Ugwoke, once reportedly averred that universities awarded first class to make their products “competitive.” Similarly, the Dean of Post Graduate Studies, Bayero University, Kano, Prof. Umaru Pate, believes the trend is worrisome. In a recent report in Daily Trust, he alleged that some universities deliberately awarded first class degrees in order to be seen as serious institutions where people could come in and graduate with very good grades. He said the situation was particularly so because the job market had become very stiff and highly competitive.

  8. Education in Nigeria is no longer as it used to be, we have first class students who can’t even defend what they studied in school, first class degree can be given to anybody as long as you know the wrong people at the right position,
    Secondly, Nigeria still operate a gerontocratic stystem of government, where the government of the day keep recycling old people who should been retired from active service, if the system gets rid of the old and long overdue people, I think there will be space for employment opportunities for young graduates.

  9. In our universities today first class are no longer given to people who merit it but its been given to those who paid for it and can not defend it. It was back in the days when we have corruption free leaders that people obtain what they worked for. Not in our days that power is been given to the wrong people who does not even have a clue about what student go through everyday of their life to get that grades

  10. People will go to school and study their life out lecturers will treat them anyhow
    God will now finally help them to graduate with first class then result would turn out to be useless
    Because of how the country is

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