John Tegha obtained a degree in Electrical Engineering, but he barely knows how a switch box works or even how to ensure there is light in the circuit breaker system.

He had applied for a Job with a company in Ajao Estate in Lagos Isolo area and was invited for an interview.

On arrival on the set day, there was some mild drama.

The technical knowledge needed for the job is far above the knowledge John had acquired in school.

The facilities were not present in his university for practicals. Most students think once the certificate is presented as evidence, then the job is yours. 

The interviewer conducted him to a power plant where their internal electrician, a white man who was about to return to his country, had done some disconnections to make the plant non-functional.

It was the only test he needed to pass to clinch the job.

“This plant provides light to some buildings in the compound. There is no light in those buildings at the moment and you are required to fix it,” the interviewer said.

The phrase ‘FIX IT’ sounded like an impossible thing to him the moment he looked at the wires scatted everywhere.

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A sight of the chopped off wires got John confused

The air conditioner in the room suddenly became a heater. John was sweating and praying for a miracle.

After two hours of pure confusion, he admitted he could not fix it.

He had graduated from one of the tertiary institutions in Nigeria, but he is unemployable.

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That is the story of most fresh Nigerian graduates, but the Senate wants that changed.

A Senator on Tuesday at plenary made a salient appeal in his motion on the education sector entitled “Falling Standard of Education in Nigeria”.

Senator Adamu Aliero had taken a close look at the sector and made these observations

1.       The prescribed standard for primary, secondary and tertiary education are not being attained by educators and policy makers as pupils and students do not possess or demonstrate the knowledge and skills expected of them at critical points in their educational career.

2.       Education standard and quality of education in the country as shown in public examinations are declining in such an alarming rate that if nothing is done now, the education sector is most like to descend into crisis.

3.       The curricula and assessment system for Primary Secondary and tertiary educational standards are not working effectively and are not producing desired result.

4.       The declining standards and poor quality of education are already adversely affecting all other sectors and facets of the economy and society.

5.       Poor funding, neglect of education sector by the Federal and State governments have over the years allowed basic school infrastructure and facilities across Nigeria to run down to the point of sordid decay. This has frustrated teachers.

6.       No one wants to be a teacher because teaching has become unattractive to undergraduate and postgraduate students.

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A copy of the document containing the motion

Senator Aliero believes that sound education provides the most reliable foundation for the country's growth development, the ability to compete effectively in the modern age of science and technology.

He then asked the Federal and State Government to declare a state of emergency in the education sector, restore the glory of the teaching profession by improving the social status of teachers.

The Senator also suggested that state authorities should be more involved in early childhood education.

One agency he wants to also take part in the reformation that the sector desperately needs is the Nigerian Teachers Registration Council which he asked to evolve more vibrant methodologies.

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Many Nigerians will have the same observation as the Senator, but the government has not over the years showed the will to improve the standard of education.

Education still gets less than 10% of budget allocations as against the United Nations recommended 26%.

Making Nigerians graduates employable will not come by talking and complaining.

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