- The Group Managing Director of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Austen Oniwon, is worried over the dwindling standard of education in Nigeria. He said yesterday that 80 per cent of job seekers failed the corporation's recruitment test.
Group General Manager (GGM), Group Public Affairs of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Dr. Levi Ajuonuma, who represented him at the grand finale of the 2011 NNPC annual quiz competition in Abuja, called for a review of the nation’s education system due to the mass failure at ordinary level examinations.
But the Educational Adviser to the United States, Mallam Dalhatu Hamza, told students that the US has earmarked $2.7million as scholarship to brilliant Nigerians students this year.
Hamza challenged the students to face their studies squarely, adding that handsome rewards are available for excellence.
He told the competitors that the US had already earmarked $2.7million as scholarship to excellent Nigerians this year.
On the declining standard of education, the GMD said: "The recent mass failure of candidates in WAEC and NECO exams nationwide makes the call for an urgent surgical review of our schools system more urgent than envisaged.
"Also our current experience in the ongoing recruitment exercise where candidates with the so-called 2:1 certificates post less than 20 per cent score line in some cases has heightened our apprehension about the lack of functionality in our education format. Over dependence on certificates is not the best. Over 80 per cent of the candidates who wrote the NNPC recruitment exams failed," he said.
He advised the students to tailor their careers towards valuable courses.
Oniwon also advised the competitors to embrace hard work if they want to work in corporations.
News culled from The Nation Newspaper
Some interesting comments from readers are below:
1.) Ifeanyi King:
The GMD NNPC,with all due respect should also put into consideration the 'assisitance' of the corporation in failing the job seekers. In a situation where some candidates already have the answers to the questions is appaling. More worrisome is the trend of passing some candidtaes who never applied/sat for the test in the first place.
In some cases,the corporation presents question papers that are rarely illegible and u expect those 2.1 students to do magic and score 80%? We should be more worried about SOME of the 20% that made the test and probe the 'how they made the test'. This is of course Nigeria!
2.) Ezemdi Uwalaka:
Why would 80% of the candidates not fail?, when the exam was poorly organized and was written in the night, candidates (Port Harcourt Centre) were using cell phones with torchlight to write an exam.
What a shame from NNPC and Philips Consulting.