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Students Should get employable skills to be relevant in digital age, say experts

Human capital development experts have canvassed for a review of national curriculum of education to align academic tutorial with current job requirements and imbue students with employable skills.

 

Experts spoke at the second employability seminar organised by MAPAMA Education Fund (MAPEF), an arm of Moshood Abiola Polytechnic Abeokuta Muslim Alumni (MAPAMA), for students of Moshood Abiola Polytechnic (MAPOLY), Abeokuta, Ogun State.

The theme of the programme was: ‘Employability Skills of the 21st Century’.

 

Director, People Experience and Market Development, Chartered Institute of Personnel Management (CIPM), Mr. Patrick Umo-Adiasung, said people must understand that so many things have changed in recent time.

 

He noted that the way of doing and running businesses has changed from analogue to digital and an employee, who must be employed, must change with time and learn the new ways of doing things.

 

He urged participants to arm themselves with learning skills, which will be used to process and communicate information which includes creativity, critical thinking ability, collaboration and communication.

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He added that participants must arm themselves with literacy, which includes information literacy, media literacy, technology literacy – all of which will focus on the employee ability to evaluate and process new information, particularly those found online.

 

He also added that participants need life skills that will create a well-round individual that can thrive both on their personal and work lives, which includes adaptability, leadership initiative, efficiency and social skills.

 

Managing Director, KnewRow Resources, Mr. Ayo Muritala, said Nigeria’s school curriculum is obsolete and no longer operative in the real world, yet the stakeholders in the academic sector have refused to do something about it.

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