ExcuseSir? Some corps members can’t even speak English – NYSC DG

by Rachel Ogbu

The Director-General of NYSC, Brig-Gen. Nnamdi Okore-Affia has bad news: he revealed yesterday that some Nigerian graduates taking part in National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme can hardly communicate in the English Language.

It was a shocking revelation in Ilorin, capital of Kwara state, as Okore-Affia gave a speech during the 2013 batch A pre-mobilisation workshop.

“Unfortunately too, we have corps members who can hardly communicate in English Language let alone being able to teach in the classrooms. This worrisome development has resulted in a situation whereby members of the public wrongly condemn the NYSC for the poor academic standards displayed by these corps members,’’ Okore- Affia said.

He said the inability of academic institutions to produce eligible corps members had become an extraordinary task for NYSC management.

According to reports, many principals of schools and other employers were ejecting corps members posted to their schools and offices and stressed that it was difficult to even re-orientate such corps members.

“Going through the figures presented for mobilisation by Corps Producing Institutions (CPIs) in year 2012, it was discovered that many exceeded the admission quota approved by regulatory bodies by as much as 500 per cent in extreme cases,” he said.

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  • How would we not degenerate to this level, when good grades are meant for the highest bidder and not on merit. Until our value system change from just celebrating rich people with questionable wealth above people that got to wherever they are by stint hard work.

    bello monsuru January 18, 2013 5:13 pm
  • not funny na,out of 90% of d corp members, dere must be dose wu re not competent.

    Adeyemi Folakunle Emmanuel January 18, 2013 5:26 pm
  • Rubish! as long as they are not dumb, who cares? 98% will end up being self employed anyway, so who cares about vocabulary, afterall they can speak their own languages, stupid director with a colonial mentality, Chinese, Japanese and Germans promotes their languages by studying with it and that’s the reason they are where they are today, but in Naija we derives pride in foreigh language. it only shows we cannot be truly free. that’s why they call us fucking Nigerians.

    Eurpean Recession January 18, 2013 8:38 pm
  • its unfortunate.i realy agree 2 dat d4 Nync shuld b seriously screened

    Abdullahi Baba Abdullahi January 18, 2013 8:50 pm
  • We must be re-informed that out-spokenness,intelligence and understanding are not evenly distributed among US, hence, we must fall back to the remote and immediates ‘whys’ of such flaws among Corps; from there we adjust gradually towards proficiency, if all thing be equal…we are now mostly concerned with ‘nominal’ education at the forfeit of ‘applied’ education…meanwhile, ‘educational re-orientation’ is utmostly needed…

    Orji Friday Oko January 20, 2013 12:18 pm
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