'Youths obey the clarion call, let us lift our nation high, under the sun or in the rain…' youth corps members sang at their passing out parade, as they round off their service year.

Thoughts of what next to do, sat deep within their minds. 

Even when most of these youngsters attend interviews after stages of written tests, they are told– YOU ARE UNEMPLOYABLE!

How did they get to the point of spending a minimum of 4 years in tertiary institutions and still end up as people not skilled enough to get a job?

There is need to reverse the trend that is gradually leaving the nation's future in the past.

Every year, at least, 1.8 million youths graduate from Nigeria’s tertiary institutions. This is according to the former Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.

Bounce News conducted quantitative research using a survey to ascertain factors that may have led to these graduates being classified as "unemployable".

Complicated, but still resolvable is the situation of Nigeria’s education sector.

Here are a few things to change to make these graduates employable.

1.       Poor funding of the education sector: One thing that has continued to reoccur in the sector is that the budget of the nation for education is not up to 50% of the recommended 26% of the total budget.

UNESCO discovered that knowledge is the only thing that has the power to put food on the tables of every man that pursues it diligently, but the Nigerian government still sees no need to increase its funding for education above a misery 9% of the annual budget.

This has also affected the chances of lecturers engaging in research that will improve their teaching standard and empower the students.

2.        Obsolete Curriculum: The current curriculum of tertiary institutions still falls below what is required to provide skill-sets that march contemporary development and advancements.

A graduate is supposed to come out of a tertiary institution with a greater understanding of how to apply his knowledge and skill in real world situations, but that is not part of the curriculum. You are expected to write assignments, tests and exams and deliver in the hall not on the job.

3.       Corruption: Recently, a lecturer was dismissed from a university in Sokoto for altering students’ marks. This is what some lecturers do best when a student refuses to give them bribe (cash or kind) to get a higher grade.

Some of the students are also guilty of pure absenteeism and are willing to pay the price to the piper while dictating some of the tunes.

4.       The most worrisome result of the survey are responses from students concerning their School Library. This is supposed to house books that would improve their knowledge and understanding of topics and ideologies discussed in class.

library usage in nigeria

The respondents say reading some of the books in the library will only grants access to the stone age. The student find it hard to marry what is in the book with what is happening in their immediate environments.

Time changes yesterday but the book have remained the same. 

Of the interviewed students, 75% said they have stopped using the libraries in their schools.

“They don't have the important and necessary books for my course of study,” one of them in a university in the nation’s capital city, Abuja, said.

Another student of a University in Oyo State told Bounce News that most of the books in the school’s library are ‘archaic’ “They are not relevant to this age and time. This is entirely my opinion...”

A student in a polytechnic in Delta State said he uses the library books, but said a book by Neema Hasan which he used was published in 2003.

A law student in a university in Lagos State says she relies more on online contents for her academic work and hardly uses the library.

Just Google it.

Having old books in library shelves leaves a student with no option than to rely on the internet for research but a combination of online research and modern books will paint a brighter picture of the future in the minds of our future leaders

For students who use online resources this is how  to make the most of search engines.