Nobody should get employed with degree alone in Nigeria – JAMB registrar

Prof. Ishaq Oloyede

The Registrar, Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Professor Ishaq Oloyede, has asserted that university degrees should no longer be the only requisite for jobs in today’s information age.

He made the assertion while delivering the convocation lecture at Kwara State University (KWASU) at Malete, Kwara State, on Thursday.

The lecture was titled “Learning, Unlearning, and Relearning – Prerequisites of the Digital Age”.

The JAMB boss opined that emphasis should also be placed on demonstrable skills which are now essential.

Oloyede, a Professor of Islamics, admonish Nigerians to prepare for the challenges of the information age by taking lifelong learning seriously and being willing to change as circumstances unfold.

He emphasised that “learning is useless without practice,” adding that “relearning is the ability to acquire new skills, knowledge, and perspectives quickly and effectively”.

“Those who can learn, relearn, and unlearn are the successful ones, and those without the mindset that accommodates the triad are bound to perpetually lament”, he added.

He said the “World today is totally different from the world inhabited by our forebears. One of the factors responsible for this change is the totality of what makes the Information Age, which is still evolving as technology develops rapidly.

“The changes in the world provide new opportunities and threats. While there are new opportunities in Information Technology, existing jobs such as typists, receptionists, traditional printers, telephone booth operators, computer operators, factory workers, cashiers, travel agents, and fuel attendants, among others, are on the verge of extinction.

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