Many Nigerian NYSC Corpers Can’t Read Or Write – Brigadier General Nnamdi Okore-Affia

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Jan 18, 2013 – Many Nigerian NYSC Corpers Can’t Read Or Write – Brigadier General Nnamdi Okore-Affia

The Director-General of the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, Brigadier General Nnamdi Okore-Affia, yesterday said there were many corps members who could neither read nor write.

The DG, who made the disclosure at the opening of the 2013 Batch ‘A’ Pre-Mobilisation Workshop holding in Ilorin, Kwara State, however, promised that institutions producing half-baked graduates for NYSC would henceforth be sanctioned.

Okore-Affia, who painted a sordid picture of illiterate- graduates churned out by the universities and polytechnics, said this had culminated in mass rejection of corps members in their places of primary assignment.

He said: “We have corps members who can hardly communicate in English Language, let alone being able to teach in the classrooms. The level of academic deficiency among corps members has heightened corps members’ rejection and redundancy.

“This worrisome development has resulted in a situation whereby members of the public wrongly condemn the NYSC for the poor academic standard displayed by these corps members.”

Okore-Affia accused some Corps Producing Institutions, CPIs, of deliberately producing more graduates than their quota thereby making records unsuitable and causing problems for the directorate.

He said many of the ‘illiterate’ corps members are “graduates who ordinarily are either overaged, underwent part-time programmes or products of internally introduced unaccredited courses/programmes.”

According to him, some institutions extort money from their graduates before giving out call-up letters or include names of graduates on the master list.

As a way out, the DG said the national Universities Commission, NUC, the National Board for Technical Education, NBTE, and the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, would henceforth be involved to identify erring institutions for appropriate sanctions

[National Mirror]

30 thoughts on “Many Nigerian NYSC Corpers Can’t Read Or Write – Brigadier General Nnamdi Okore-Affia

  1. Thank you DG I salute ur speech. Some corps member can not fill forms in orientation camp, but at the end you see them serving in reputable places just because of corruption in our country where corp member pay money to influence their posting in camp

  2. What we expect when a student will buy marks and certificate from Lecturers. In some cases someone else takes the exam for the so called student even to the knowledge of the Lecturers. All Nigeria university student need to be re-tested to ensure that the right and qualified student is in university.

    The university students are not studying instead they are working as prostitutes, armed robbers, kidnappers and ritualist. The whole Nigeria university must start all over again afresh to re-test students and Lecturers.

  3. If we find out very well most of these corps members were female,i biliv dey might av used their body 2 get marks. Nawa o.MAY GOD HELP us.

  4. there is nothing to do with government in this issue, the fort is from the student they focus their mind only in high instution life and collecting a hug amount from their parents and bought a result .

  5. According to DG, that sm institutions do exploit their students ( asking them 2 pay some money) b4 their names are included in d master list or giving them call up letters, sth like this seems to be happening right now @ d Federal poly, ado ekiti ekiti state. Some students are being asked to pay #5000 before mobilization of nxt batch A. Pls help find out whether or nt d payment is legal. Thanks

  6. Dis issue realy surprise me alot. Sum corps cnt fill forms,sum cnt read nor write,sum hardly 2 communicate in english. Ah,dis is serious oo.

  7. @star,u sy they shd re-start students & lecturers, Dnt mk boys luk 4 u,lolz… Yeah,i strongly believe dose who cnt read,write & fill form,are dose who ve been doin sum bad things (prostitution,kidnappin,buyin of result,etc)…

  8. U are indeed very st***d @mulikatcardoso, disgrunted element. U are talking bcos talking is cheap and free, dis show dat ur an illiterate in a literate form. Bcos is only d dull ones dat always claim to know by personalising and sectionalising issues. Which school did u attend if i may ask? And whr are u frm?

  9. Seems i hasnt heard sumtin of such na wao bt y wont it happen, when in nigeria institution, if u dont hv money u cant get admision , if u dont get longlong no admission, money is ur No. 1 qualification to get admitted. Nigeria has a looooooong way to go xpecially in education sector

  10. What are we all saying??? Is the DG not aware that they are the same sets of people we have in Power today? They are all rich men’s children. Nearly every poor student in higher institutions are always clever since they do not have much to bribe and so, they study very hard to succeed. We should be asking our rich men and women in this country ‘what is happening to our educational sector’.

  11. The DG is absolutely right for suggesting that the erring institutions would henceforth be sanctioned. But I think the freshmen NYSC must be tested prior to admission into the program. Hence, The institution(s) that produce higher rate of incompetent students should be held liable for their action.

  12. It disheartening to note that our government had turn deaf ears to our educational system. They had fail woefully in executing their civic duties. What a bunch of morons sitting on their fat-ass bellies, picking their noses.

  13. is it that you cannot go for service just because you cannot produce the JAMB admission letter when most undergraduates get into the university through Remedial programme, is there any logic behind this plan?
    over 30% of graduates from the universities year in year out gets admission through remedial programme that is accredited by the national universities commission (NUC). So also in polytechnics and monotechnics which most graduates start from Pre-ND programme. this plan by the NYSC to admit only prospective corps members who can produce JAMB admission letter to camp pose, so what happen to the rest?

  14. presumeably, the admittance of prospective corp members is through an exam. lets not forget that the people to conduct this exam are no different from those corrupt officials of WAEC, JAMB AND UNIVERSITIES.
    Every thing is in stages. The same way unqualified students escape the nets of WAEC, JAMB and POST UME, that is the same way pre-nysc exam would be escaped.
    My prayer is that the Almigthy would in His infinite mercy make all the wrongs in our country right.
    i encourage us all to work on ourselves because at some point in life responsiblities will be entrusted with us. it will dawn on us if we cannot deliver.
    cheers

  15. Sir, am a graduate too waiting for my service dis year, but you know what? Not all student beg for marks from lecturer, and infact all what they are sayin is nonsense i don’t see any sense in it, infact am not even happy with what NYSC are doing now it’s rubbish, i think i need to see the press crew and express myself better to the masses. incase you u need me contact me on this number 08093920622. Am ready to go to any length because this is not the best way to do it, Thanks.

  16. D action of DG is nonsence and rubbish.can d DG tell us where and wen he graduated bcos postin only students dat pass tru jamb is nt d solution to d problem.

  17. If nt bcos of corruption d money dat remedia,pre nd,pt students payed in their various institution is for wat?d nysc should revise their rubish policy ooo

  18. Well am here to tell everyone here that the NYSC should be able to plan to identify who so ever not competent enough in reading and to try to resolved the problem of Error list …Thanks

  19. DONT THEY KNOW THAT SOME THAT DID REMEDIAL STUDIES OR PRE ND ARE BETTER THAN THOSE WHO WROTE JAMB. SOME OF THEM DID NOT WRITE THE EXAMS BY THEMSELVES, BOTH WAEC AND JAMB.

    IN D MATTER OF SUGGESTING THAT NYSC MEMBERS SHOULD BE TESTED, IS IT THERE THEY WILL NOT DO WHAT THEY VE BEEN DOING. IF ONE CAN BRIBE TO BE POSTED TO BETA PLACE OR BUY RESULT, IS IT ON D TEST THAT HE/SHE WILL NOT BRIBE TO GET WHAT HE/SHE WANTS. IS ONLY GOD ALMIGHTY THAT LL SAVE US, LETS CONTINUE TO PRAY.

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