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A’Ibon: Ekereobong urges education experts to review schools curricular as solution to unemployment

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 Mrs Ekereobong Akpan

By Dennis Udoma, Uyo

 

Education experts in the country have been tasked to review the current education curriculum for schools and colleges as solution to the existing unemployment by school leavers.

Chairman of Akwa Ibom State Civil Service Commission, Mrs Ekereobong Akpan said this in an interview with newsmen in her office in Uyo.

Mrs Akpan, who reacted to the National Bureau of Statistics ( NBS) 45 percent unemployment ranking of Akwa Ibom as second in in the country, charged private sector operators to create more job opportunities to compliment government efforts in solving unemployment challenges.

According to her, “we can also change curriculum in our universities. Somebody told me that a nearby country only do courses that would motivate employers or have need to recruit after graduating from the University”.

Akpan, who was former Head of Service (HoS) regretted that many courses in the universities in recent times, could not help graduates to gain employment after graduation adding that, “some of the courses we are doing today that people find it difficult to have employment is a big problem.

‘‘People study courses that employers would ask them: what can you do? The person needs to be trained and retrain for him or her to be useful. Let this period of lockdown be an eye-opener to all of us”, and charged the private sector to compliment government efforts in solving unemployment problems through investments, as government alone cannot solve unemployment problems.

The Chairman however stated that, the only thing we can do now is to embark on massive private sector development saying, whatever any person can do would help at this time of our nation’s history.

The Chairman of the State Civil Service Commission advised undergraduates to study courses that will add value to their certificates, and make them relevant in the Labour Market, while education administrators should restructure school curricula to meet the current present realities to solve unemployment.

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