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Friday, January 18, 2013

Some NYSC Members Can Hardly Communicate In English – DG

NYSC Director-General, Brig. General Nnamdi Okore-Affia
NYSC Director-General, Brig. General Nnamdi Okore-Affia
 THE Director General, National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brig-Gen. Nnamdi Okore-Affia, has decried increase in corps members who most of the institutions, illegally included graduates who ordinarily are either over-aged, underwent part-time programmes, or products of internally introduced unaccredited courses/programmes.

The NYSC boss made this known in Ilorin, Kwara state at the 2013 batch A pre-mobilization workshop also frown at corps members who can hardly communicate in English Language let alone being able to teach in the classrooms.
Okore-Affia disclosed that the level of academic deficiency amongst corps members has heightened corps rejection and redundancy.
“Unfortunately too, we have corps members who can hardly communicate in English language let alone being able to teach in the classrooms,” Okoe- Affia said.
According to him “this worrisome development has resulted in a situation whereby members of the public wrongly condemn the NYSC for the poor academic standards displaced by these corps members.”
He said that the inability of corps producing institutions to produce eligible corps members has created an herculean task for NYSC management.
He added, “going through the figures presented for mobilisation by Corps Producing Institution (CPIs) in the same year 2012,it was discovered that many exceeded the admission quota approved by their respective regulatory bodies by as much as 500% in extreme cases.
“Upon further scrutiny, it was discovered that most of the institutions, illegally included graduates who ordinarily are either over-aged, underwent part-time programmes, or products of internally introduced unaccredited courses/programmes.
“The direct consequence of this on the NYSC scheme is massive corps population explosion, sometimes exceeding even the safe bound of acceptable standard of geometric progression.
“This has made planning in the NYSC rather difficult and is fast drawing the ire of both government and the general public.
The NYSC DG added that most of the Principals of schools and other employers are now rejecting corps members posted to their schools and offices stressing that, it was difficult to even re-orientate such corps members.

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