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Why Are Literacy Levels In Nigeria So Low? This, (not Lack Of Jobs) Is The Issue by naijacutee(f): 1:43pm On Nov 19, 2013
I don't think that the major problem with huge unemployment figures is that there are no jobs. When I speak to recruiters, their biggest problems are basic - low literacy skills (apart from a lack of other skills). A friend has been trying to recruit for a marketing managers' role for months now, and she hasn't been able to find someone who a.) Can write proper English and b.) Has the relevant experience.

This makes me wonder what happens in Nigerian schools and Universities, and what students do to improve themselves. At secondary school level, one must be capable of composing a grammatically correct sentence, no matter how short it is. At University level, one must be able to compose a report/essay/presentation flawlessly. I understand that the educational system doesn't always equip graduates for the real world, but it is my opinion that graduates also don't usually take the initiative to brush themselves up where the system has failed. There used to be a bend down select bookshop at Yaba, where they sold a range of books, and English/American revision aids from as little as N200. I don't think business has been good for them.

Take this screenshot for example. It relates to an advert on for a graduate field specialist. Out of 6 posts, 0% are properly constructed grammatically. I know we browse with phones, and sometimes can't waste precious minutes correcting grammar, but how do we practise writing skills otherwise? Do our graduates read? Write on a regular basis? Expand their knowledge through free workshops and programs? Volunteer their time (and gain work experience) to charitable causes and initiatives?

This isn't about grammatical errors. This is about whether or not graduates can write constructively, and how and where they show it.

Re: Why Are Literacy Levels In Nigeria So Low? This, (not Lack Of Jobs) Is The Issue by Illuminatus(m): 2:02pm On Nov 19, 2013
Even literacy is overrated. You don't have to be a university graduate to affect the society positively. Nor do you need the certificate to not just get a job, but create jobs.
Most Nigerians have a...somewhat underdeveloped mindset. We have our priorities misplaced and tend to not see what can do, only focusing on what we can get.
Some of the world's billionaires didn't graduate from highschool, much more college.
Re: Why Are Literacy Levels In Nigeria So Low? This, (not Lack Of Jobs) Is The Issue by naijacutee(f): 2:06pm On Nov 19, 2013
Illuminatus: Even literacy is overrated. You don't have to be a university graduate to affect the society positively. Nor do you need the certificate to not just get a job, but create jobs.
Most Nigerians have a...somewhat underdeveloped mindset. We have our priorities misplaced and tend to not see what can do, only focusing on what we can get.
Some of the world's billionaires didn't graduate from highschool, much more college.

I agree with you. You don't need literacy to affect the world positively, but this is targeted at those who are job hunting, whose priorities are not necessarily to affect the world positively. The other alternative is to start a business, where one is not judged based on the literary abilities. However, having those abilities still provide the business with a professional outlook, so we can't completely negate the importance of being able to communicate clearly on paper.
Re: Why Are Literacy Levels In Nigeria So Low? This, (not Lack Of Jobs) Is The Issue by Google63(m): 6:00pm On Nov 19, 2013
Naijacutee I applied for a freelance writing job which you posted on nairaland a while ago, but I'm yet to hear from you, after you said you will go through the published online article I wrote
Re: Why Are Literacy Levels In Nigeria So Low? This, (not Lack Of Jobs) Is The Issue by naijacutee(f): 9:11pm On Nov 19, 2013
Google63: Naijacutee I applied for a freelance writing job which you posted on nairaland a while ago, but I'm yet to hear from you, after you said you will go through the published online article I wrote
Yes, I got your e-mail, and the job is still open.I haven't reached my quota of applicant writers yet.
Re: Why Are Literacy Levels In Nigeria So Low? This, (not Lack Of Jobs) Is The Issue by Google63(m): 9:46pm On Nov 19, 2013
naijacutee: Yes, I got your e-mail, and the job is still open.I haven't reached my quota of applicant writers yet.
should I resend my application?
Re: Why Are Literacy Levels In Nigeria So Low? This, (not Lack Of Jobs) Is The Issue by onegig(m): 7:30am On Nov 20, 2013
I know the problems in the Nigerian educational sector are enormous and mind boggling. But maybe you tell your friend to up her ante. You can't be advertising for a position which requires experience but you keep offering ridiculous pay and expect to get people with experience to come apply. Nah. It doesn't happen. Highest you get is the current crop you get. If you are on a budget, hire someone with the basic qualifications and train them. Most Nigerians are very intelligent people. All they need is just the nudge and they would excel.

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