IF YOU TAKE………
IF YOU TAKE……by Juliet Oji Osuji.
If you take a school leaver with an O’ level and enroll him with a tailor, 3 years after, he would be able to sew any style of clothing.
If you take a school leaver and enroll him with a mechanic, 3 years later, he would be able to fix just any car, even the complex internal combustion engine and its systems.
If you take a school leaver and enroll him with a Mobile phone repairer, 3 years after, he would repair your latest iPhone with precision.
If you take a school leaver and enroll her with a baker, 3 years after she is baking multi level cake of different varieties for occasions.
If you take a school leaver and enroll him with a welder, 3 years after he would fabricate gates and just anything made of iron.
If you take a school leaver and enroll him with an event planner, 3 years after, she would handle your events with such skill and style.
But, if you take a school leaver and you put him in a university under the tutelage of Professors and Doctors, 4 or 5 years plus Strikes after, he would not know beyond diagrams, formulae, definitions and theories. He would need extra training to work in his industry. He would be seeking for whom to employ him.
Is anything wrong with the school leaver? NO! But something is wrong with the system that kept him for 5+ years yet made him obtuse and out of touch with reality of what obtains in the real world.
That system needs to be OVERHAULED but, while you await it’s OVERHAULING, O YE STUDENTS OF TERTIARY INSTITUTIONS DEVELOP THINE SELF!
BE SKILLED ENOUGH TO BE SELF-EMPLOYED SHOULD THERE BE NO JOB AFTER YOUR GRADUATION!!!
The textbook-laden school system should be blamed…but we are also to blame…
Somebody said in a book I just read that; “if you go to a bank for a loan, or visit an embassy for visa, they usually ask for your bank statements and NOT your school report cards/certificates”.
In other words, you are expected to succeed financially and not just intellectually. And have you ever wondered why the rich always RULE the intelligent?
Juliet Oji Osuji is a Motivational Speaker and the author of the book: ‘Dare to Stand Out’ – a book for teenagers.