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Education must inspire purpose, not jobs — Expert

By Doyin Adeleye & Promise Ezekiel

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An educationist and Holistic Child Development specialist, Mrs. Godsgift Odutayo, has emphasized the need to sensitize students in primary and secondary schools that education is not a scam.

Odutayo raised concerns regarding many young people not taking education seriously due to the popular belief that “school is a scam.”

While addressing students of Eji-Oba High School on “Education as a Foundation for Career Growth,” organized by Young African Leaders’ Initiative (YALI) Ondo Network, she stressed the importance of viewing education as purpose-driven.

According to her, students must see education as a means to become well-informed and better persons in society, not just to secure a job.

She warned that seeing education solely as a prerequisite for securing jobs would defeat the purpose of education in the first place.

“Many young children nowadays see school as a scam based on what they hear or see. Schooling is beyond getting ready for a job; it is getting ready for life.

One of the ways we can get young people to value education is to make them understand the difference between schooling for a job and education. When you have the mindset of schooling for a job, you may not get the best out of it.

But when you have the mindset of schooling to become a better person, you can get the most out of it. School goes beyond getting a job; it makes one a refined and better version of themselves.”

On career selection, the Director of G-Tutors/PractikA said students should use the RSU (Research, Select, and Upgrade) formula.

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She explained that students must thoroughly research available courses to select the ones that match their capabilities and passions, make the selection, and continuously upgrade their skills to meet current market demands.

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