2.1 CGPA or No Work for You

EMPHASIS BEING LAID ON THE 2.1 CGPA IS RAISING CONCERNS AMONG YOUNG PEOPLE IN NIGERIA

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Ok this one is a very serious matter amongst Nigerian youth. After secondary school it is expected that a young person goes on to study that dream course in the university, “you can be whatever you choose to be” is what they say until young Nigerian students write the university entrance examination known as JAMB. Then after you’ve passed, the school tells you, you can’t study what you applied for and then offers you something different. I had a friend who applied to study Geology in school and in the end was offered Forestry and Wildlife now he has graduated and he is working as a financial analyst, I’ve seen petrochemical engineers work in a consulting firms. Now this is where my argument is.

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It is well known that big organizations in Nigeria lay emphasis on a 2.1 CGPA. They expect that their young employees graduate from the university with such grades otherwise they may not be offered employment, but here is the thing, an organization, say for instance, a bank is recruiting and chooses to employ an Agricultural Engineering graduate, why? Because he has a 2.1 CGPA; I dare say that emphasis should be laid on skills and eagerness to learn irrespective of CGPA otherwise many organizations would miss hiring the best minds simply because for some reason or the other they fell short of the highly required CGPA.

If an organization would hire a Theatre Arts graduate as its HR executive, then it might as well throw the certificate into the bin and develop tests and schemes to examine their recruits to ascertain whether or not they are the best fit for the job.

The trend of hiring graduates with a CGPA from disciplines very distinct from the job opening is taking over the economic landscape in Nigeria and until it changes, let me keep my 2.1 CGPA certificate very well because we need to work and make some money.

If you TINK this trend should be reviewed please comment below and if for some reason you know why this happens, we would like to know.