Nigeria Educational Curriculum is Obsolete, …the graduates are not marketable – Pastor Wole Oladiyun
The numbers of eminent Nigerian calling for a radical and extensive review of the nation’s educational system has increased with Pastor Wole Oladiyun, the Senior Pastor of Christ LivingSpring Apostolic Ministry (CLAM), Omole, Lagos, adding his voice, decrying the obsolete and decaying system of Nigeria educational curriculum.
According to Pastor Oladiyun, one of the reasons for Nigeria’s limited success in technology and innovation is the wrong content and focus of the educational curriculum, especially among students of tertiary institutions.
Pastor Oladiyun, a graduate of Civil Engineering from the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University) and MBA holder of Business School, Netherlands lamented the poor quality of graduates produced by Nigerian tertiary institutions.
“Our educational curriculum urgently needs to be changed and amended to make it relevant to the contemporary needs of the country. There is no point producing graduates that are not employable” he said.
Speaking during the church thanksgiving service held at the CLAM’s headquarters to climax the one-week apostolic revival theme, “Solution Nights”. Pastor Oladiyun said, most of the courses students are forced to study in Nigeria’s tertiary institutions are “grossly irrelevant”, thus making them not fit-for-purpose.
“We need hands-on graduates. There is no point in producing graduates that are not marketable. Many graduates are not articulate, they are not analytical. Their knowledge and command of the English Language are poor, and they lack the requisite skills that a modern society needs”, he lamented.
He advised the Federal Government to overhaul the curriculum in all Nigeria tertiary institutions so that Nigerian graduates can be useful for themselves and the general society.
Pastor Oladiyun speaks against the popular practice of parents dictating to their children some specific course they must study.
He advised parents to stop forcing courses on their children. “Allow them to evolve. Our lives are different from theirs. Let them follow their passion. There are gifts in every child. Let those gifts evolve. Don’t force them to take after you”, he warned.
“Parents should concern themselves more with praying, mentoring, guidance, coaching and counseling their children than enforcing courses on them”, he added.
Pastor Wole Oladiyun, a strong advocate for youth development, also took time to passionately offer pieces of advice to youths. Urging them not to be narrow-minded, but to have a well-rounded, broad view of the world that incorporates positive and contemporary perspectives.
“Prayerfully make the right choice. Let the Holy Spirit, not the society, not your friends, choose for you. Broaden your knowledge and read widely. Listen to financial news. Embrace financial education. Make your minds viable. Rejig your mind. Stop packaging yourselves without strong substance”, he advised the youth.
“Do something productive every day. Make use of the internet for your development. Maximize opportunities in Fintech, Edutech, Agric-business, etc. Learn animation and graphics. Learn ethical hacking. Read to broaden your knowledge”, Oladiyun said.