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Written by Tom
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Tell it to all Nigerian undergraduates. Tell them
over and over till it starts ringing in their ears. That
long gone are the days when students were
worshiped merely because they have a first class
degree. I do not underrate academic excellence in
any way. As a matter of fact, I believe that what is worth doing at all should be well done. Therefore,
spending 4 or 5 years (or even more, courtesy of
ASUU strike) in an institution should be ‘resultful’.
In an educational system that is way behind
globally, a student must not be caught in the
waves of the current status quo, lest he be swept away unto the island of oblivion.
Employers no longer tremble at the sight of a first
class certificate. NO. They need results. They need
someone who has something to offer. Someone
who can bring something tangible to the table.
Someone whose creativity can positively impact the organization.
The world is now competitive, more than ever and
the Nigerian student must learn that ‘la cramme la
poure’ has become a blunt albeit redundant tool in
this battle. For those who do not know, ‘la cramme
la poure’ is a system where a student crams (memorizes) his note or a material supplied by the
lecturer, reproduces it exactly on the answer sheet,
gets a good grade and forgets it as soon as the
exams are over.
Tell it to the students. Tell them over and over till it
starts ringing in their ears. That a first class degree will only get you to the stage. Once there, the
audience will be earnestly awaiting you
Performance and if you do not meet up they boo
you out of the stage. That a first class degree only
gets you as far as a room, across an interview
panel and it does not guarantee you a job. That a first class degree does not automatically translate
to first class career.
What am I saying? Students must learn beyond the
chalk board. Students must read outside their
expired, rarely updated curriculum. Students must
learn soft skills. They must make efforts to get adequate exposure. These are what makes you
stand out. Not a certificate you cannot defend after
a year due to the amnesia after effect of ‘la cramme
la poure’.
Lecturers should encourage creativity in the
classes. Spur students to think outside the box, to constructively criticize their lesson notes. Marking
schemes should only be a guide and not an
original that must be photocopied exactly.
check round, do your research, follow the
successful people. Ask them questions, and they
will tell you their current status is not primarily a result of their class of Degree.
Tell it to all Nigerian undergraduates. Tell them
over and over till it starts ringing in their ears. That
they should strive to graduate with the best results
possible (have a first class if they can). However,
they should go a step further to ensure they can defend that certificate, and ultimately compete
favorably globally by acquiring such knowledge,
exposure and experience as necessary. Otherwise,
risk becoming a first class idiot.
Using a Biblical analogy, let me end by saying: For
‘la cramme la poure’ profits a little but the real knowledge and skills are profitable for all things. Tobi Amoo is a 500 level law student of the
university of Ilorin. He is an entrepreneur and a
one-time President of the prestigious Christian Law
Student Fellowship of Nigeria, University of Ilorin
Chapter. He is a lover of words carefully assembled
with a view to making maximum impact, changing the status quo and making life count. I guarantee
that the advice he has given is a pearl of wisdom
drawn from his reservoir of experience and
believe me nothing can be farther from the truth.




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