Academic tasks youths on digital literacy
Dean, Faculty of Education, Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education, Dr Dele Giwa has lamented the inability of Nigerian youths to meet up with the 21st century digital literacy standard.
Giwa maintained that the standard of education in the country is at its best but the youths are lazy at ideas that can move the nation forward.
She spoke at a seminar and exhibition organized by the college as part of activities to celebrate Lagos at 50.
“In this 21st century, I want to make bold to tell us that the standard of education has not fallen, the problem is that the youths at the delivery system is not marching up with the standard. This is a century digital literacy but our youths are coming with analogue. We are in a technological world that gives room for critical thinking, a place where you expect a child to be able to think within seconds and that is the challenge we have before us.”
Dr Giwa also bemoaned the rate at which certificates are over emphasized in the country stating that it has caused lots of setbacks for us as a nation.
According to her, there is no correlation between academic programs and employment needs, adding that students after secondary school education should be given the opportunity to get their self worth before moving on to higher institutions.
Specifically, Giwa described the 18th century parents as not educated and noted that they were able to train their children to be professionals.
“Parent A who is an illiterate, produced lawyers, engineers, doctors, accountants, teachers but the teachers, the professionals are now producing mediocre, there is a gap which we need to fill. We need to deemphasized certificates; Indians, Chinese and Portuguese have taken over our factories, employing our children as slaves and second hand materials.