Monday, 6 April 2015

In Nigeria, university degrees can lead to poverty - News - This is Africa

In Nigeria, university degrees can lead to poverty - News - This is Africa

Unfortunately, this is not the norm in Nigeria, where inflated university degrees are all too often locking disadvantaged young people into cycles of poverty and underemployment.
Christiana’s case demonstrates the adage that a young person with a good attitude can be extremely successful even if they do not have a bachelor’s degree. She was hired for attitude — coachability, motivation, emotional intelligence — and trained for skills.
With over 20 million unemployed youth in Nigeria, young Nigerians are spending an increasing proportion of their twenties pursuing academic qualifications, rather than gaining work skills and experience to make them competitive in the 21st Century global marketplace. They are doing this on the savings of households living on $2-4 per person a day — families who are scrimping and saving and sacrificing so that one person can break out of these economic conditions and land a good job.
Of the 1.5 million who apply to university in Nigeria each year, only 300,000 get admitted. Not all of them graduate and for those that do, it takes them on average five years to get a job.
So what is fuelling this madness? Why are people paying too much for too many certificates that do not add value to their productivity in the workplace?

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