I write this because of an increasing challenge I see in our secondary schools of which many of Nigerian graduates are a victim of. The school system, especially the private secondary school have made the matter more cumbersome. Dividing the senior classes into science, art and commercial and not allowing any form of a bridge is causing serious problems. A science student is not allowed to take any course from art or commercial such as history or lit-in-english, etc. Its even worse when economics and geograpghy is left out of their programme. The height of this problem is not giving any career guide even after separating the classes, no proper orientation of available courses in the universities, where they can work and the professional requirements for such courses. Ask a girl in science class, ‘what do you want to study?’ and her answer will be medicine and ask a boy the same question and his answer will be engineering. Very few of them know of many other courses in the university and their implication for the world.
The second reason for writing this article is because of the overlap of courses in Nigeria leading to discrimination in the system leaving a whole lot of folks feeling bad. It’s very sweet in the mouth to say I’m studying microbiology when you are in school and still ignorant about the happenings outside the four wall of the school. The truth is many microbiologists want to venture into the health sector but don’t know they are not qualified any time soon to work in the lab. Not because they can’t but because the system said they can’t. So if you are just about to go for a course and you are planning to work in the hospital environment in Nigeria, instead of microbiology opt for a medical lab science. We have great courses studied in our university but which are not being harnessed in the country but we are hoping things will turn around for the better.
This article is going to be in series and we are going to start with a list of several undergraduate courses. Here we go:
Medicine & surgery
Medical Lab Science
Other Science Courses
Cell Biology and Genetics
Food Science and Technology
Food and Nutrition
Geography and Regional Planning
Crop and Animal Science
Electrical and Electronics Engineering
Hospitality management and Tourism
Biomedical Engineering(not common as undergraduate course)
English & Litrary studies
Linguistics and other languages
International Relations and Diplomacy
Social Science Courses
NB: the courses listed are not based on faculties but general grouping. For more courses, check the Jamb brochure.