Guest write: Olanrewaju Lawal Lee Emeritus
On this day of Independence, we have decided to take a closer look on what has bothered us for a long time. We have decided to deal with the little foxes that spoil the vine. We start with the students and their plight.
Most students operate with the belief that a good grade is what is required to live successfully thereafter.
Often times I ask myself these four questions…
Q1. Do you think our present situation as a country (Nigeria) has anything to do with the school system and quality of our education?
Here’s my take:
Most definitely. I believe over 95 percent of secondary school kids are ill suited for the courses they’re studying. You can run any random survey and find that 8 out of every 10 students will say ‘they gave me’ the course I’m studying. Just like I was given zoology
I also believe that schools need to develop personality profiles for each student and it should be measured from primary school up to university level and that profile should be a guide for what each child should study, since it is an inventory of his gifting.
Besides, the quality of education available in a nation is directly proportional to the productivity of that nation. Garbage in, garbage out.
Q2. As a country, what can we do to at least reduce the adverse effects?
Well, I believe that every school should offer enterprise development courses and make it mandatory for each student. Personally, I believe the NYSC should be scrapped and should give way to a 1 year entrepreneurship and employability programme to get Nigeria working again.
Q3. A number of students and graduates believe good a grade is all that matters to ensure a successful life. Is there more?
Having a good grade is important. Though I graduated with a second class lower maybe because I never read to pass or used the general “La cram la pour method”, I don’t advise others to do the same. But I believe personal development begins where formal education ends. A number of graduates or young folks study only to pass, but not to apply. I believe examinations are not a test of intelligence, but of preparation.
However, good grades don’t guarantee a successful life. That has to do with discovering purpose, living with passion, working with excellence and not giving excuses.
Young Nigerians believe that if you have talents, you don’t need to worry about formal education to make it. What do you think the Nigerian youth with this mentality should know?
Talent is just raw natural gifting from God, but it needs to be honed into skill through diligent, developed and disciplined focus.
A lot of young artistes think making music is just about getting a beat, placing a catchy, low IQ chorus and a lot of gibberish together, but real musicians can read music, play instruments and write music. My advice is educate your gift.
Some students believe that not everyone is cut out for entrepreneurship. What is your take on this?
I believe that not everyone is cut out to be a number 1; some folks are to serve faithfully as Number 2. In the same vein, not everyone can or will be entrepreneurs. Some will be what I call ‘INtrepreneurs’, that’s CEOs in employment and they’ll be fulfilled doing that. Everyone must find their place and fill it.
Nigerians are known to be loyal to brands, but we see many entrepreneurs springing out from the same line of business.
Q4.How can a budding entrepreneur straight out of school or the NYSC stand out?
Business is very dynamic. I believe every entrepreneur must find their niche in order to stand out. Let me give you a clear example. A lot of people want to get into the events management business, but all they are concerned with is the glitz and glamour, setting up the backdrop and the pretty lights etc. But a little known niche in events management is cleaning the venue (before and after). Only an entrepreneur will notice that niche and leverage on it.
“It is not what you have that limits you but what you have but don’t know how to use”.
According to Dr. Myles Munroe, ‘when the purpose of a thing is unknown, abuse is inevitable’. Until one discovers the appropriate use of their gift set or skill set, one is sure to abuse it. To discover your passion, you need to discover what comes to you naturally and what bothers you every time you see it going wrong.
Caption these: Greatness in life isn’t all about your degree but about God’s decree, Do not always read to be affluent, read to be accomplished, “Sabificate is what makes way for a man not Certificate!!!
The future is in your hands