By Justice C. Agoha.
There are strong indications that the Federal Government is making plans to employ jobless graduates as teachers across the country.
Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, disclosed that the move was aimed at tackling the alarming rate of graduate unemployment in Nigeria.
Ngige made the disclosure in Enugu at an event held to commemorate the 5th anniversary of Bina Foundation and graduation ceremony of the foundation’s students.
According to the Minister, the Federal Government had commenced the process of capturing the data of unemployed graduates, adding that the move would help to boost the education sector.
“Most unemployed graduates would be converted to teachers. The move is equally aimed at boosting the education sector,” he said.
Ngige further disclosed that even graduates of professional courses such as Engineering and Law would not be exampled from the engagement exercise.
“We have captured unemployed graduates. We are doing two things: we get those who read Law, Engineering and other disciplines but do not have jobs. We would train them for nine months and convert them to teachers.
“Most of our schools have half-baked teachers. We want to redefine our schools.
“We are also building skill acquisition centres. We have twelve of them across the country. The era of white-collar industry is gone,” the Minister said.