The Minister of State for Education, Anthony Anwukah, has disclosed plans by the Federal government to introduce a new policy change that would see graduates go for an extra year of studies.
Mr Anwukah said this was being considered because many university graduates were not good enough to be employed by industries.
He pointed out that the proposal was similar to the extra-year currently being undertaken by law and medical students.
“Law students attend Law School for one year before going for NYSC and medical students go for one year Housemanship before they are allowed to practice fully, so it will be necessary for other courses to also go through this process.
“The Lagos Business School can also serve as a one year after-school training,” the Education minister of state added.
He continued that the university system has let Nigeria down in the country’s quest for industrial development. He said the universities have failed to produce graduates that meet the needs of the industries.
“The universities are producing products that are not matching the needs of the industries. I urged the Committee of Pro-chancellors and Committee of Vice-Chancellor to end the decline in the standard of education,” he said.
Anwukah lamented that the Students Industrial Work Experience Scheme, SIWES, system has failed in the universities, stressing that “the project is not working” and remains a major problem for the university system.