Unemployment; Uni Don calls for Vocational Edu in Post Pri Sch
By; SANI ALIYU, Zaria
A lecturer with the Faculty of Education Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, Dr Ayuba Audu Kura has observed that there is a weak link between post-primary education, vocational training and the local labour market to curb unemployment.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with New Nigerian in Zaria on the need to introduce vocational education in post primary schools in Nigeria, Dr Kura said young people are ill-prepared for the job opportunities that abound in the labour market, which in many developing countries are in the informal sector, such as subsistence farming, small-scale construction and informal trade.
According to him, in order to help youngsters meet the challenges of the 21st century and develop into productive, responsible citizens who are well equipped for productive life, the learning process in post primary education in most developing countries need to be reviewed.
“Linking post-primary education and skills training directly to local work is necessary to improve graduates employment and higher education prospects, traditional apprenticeships and on-the-job-training is often the most successful route to skills development especially in preparing young people for work in the informal economy” he stressed.
He advised government on the possible strategies which includes; establishing career counseling, community based seminars on livelihood options, creating business networks, mainstreaming entrepreneurial education in school curriculum and expanding access to financial services among others.