Dad to Son: Listen to me boy, you must make all A’s in this Common Entrance exam, I don’t want to hear any excuse(s)!!!
That’s the scene I foresee in Nigeria in the coming years.
Just last month, I was discussing with a friend about the unemployment rate in Nigeria and we reasoned that, with the way things are going, prospective employers will soon start making some ‘crazy’ categorization of the type of applicants they need for any advertised job.
Our thinking then was “forward”, we reasoned, in the long run only graduates with a 1st class degree and Masters degree holders will be favored to even write an aptitude test in the country, but alias our thinking should have been “backward” (you can’t blame us simply because we are both Masters degree holders, so we could only feel better with the thought that we are well placed for any job opening).
“Backward” because companies are now including grades from WAEC as requirements for the applicants they want, this new development obviously surpasses the requirement for gaining admission into the university (which is 5 credits) because grades such as B’s and A’s are the requested standards.
Can I blame the companies for the new development? My answer is NO.
With the astronomic population of Nigeria and the rate at which we turn out graduates every year, employers are scared of placing adverts of vacancies in the dailies because they are faced with hundreds and thousands of applications and the process of selection could cost a fortune.
My advice thus is that, applicants should brace up for more classifications e.g. Jamb scores, Primary school results, Common entrance grades, Junior Secondary School grades, etc… ok maybe it won’t get that worse but hey we never can tell.
For the newly wedded, you better warn your children of this development, so they will be able to rake in the A’s early in life. If not “dem no go get job o” a word they say is enough for the wise. I rest my case.