Letter to all Jamb Applicants
Do not be brain washed. Do not waste your parents' or guardian's resources applying for courses that are not relevant in today's labour market. Do not apply for a course of study that will turn you into a perpetual job beggar after graduation. Here are a list of some courses that are obsolete in Nigeria and should be scrapped from JAMB brochure:
1. Theatre Arts: When last did you pay to watch a stage drama? You don't need a degree certificate to become an actor. Please look for a film academy to achieve your dream within months of intensive training.
2. Mass Communication: The social media has rendered any course regarding Mass Comm a total waste of time and energy. You can communicate globally on Twitter, Facebook and other platforms in a second. Everybody is a potential journalist via the social media. The so called illiterate bloggers are billionaires because they break the news before television and newspaper houses.
3. Agricultural Science: Most lecturers in this department have no practical farming experience. They are not farm owners. The Bank of Agriculture does not require degree certificate to grant you loans. Use your head. Farms are scattered all over the globe to give you practical experience within the shortest possible time.
4. Fine Arts: You want to draw, paint, sculpt or mould? Come on, you don't need a degree to do that. Even make up artistes are making tons of money without a degree certificate. Use your head.
5. Philosophy: Have you seen any job advert seeking for philosophers? Enough said. Think philosophically before embarking on the same journey with Plato, Aristotle and others. Also remember that they wouldn't be here to offer you money to shave your bushy beards when poverty hits you after 10 years of graduation without a job.
6. History: If you want know the history of your fore fathers, google it. Four years is a lot of time to waste studying a degree to know your past. Oh please!
7. Religious Studies: You have your Bible or Koran and have been reading it from childhood I guess? Why spend scarce resources and years to obtain a degree in religious matters? The writers of these holy books had no degrees!
8. Sociology: Please spend more time on the social media or attend social events online or offline. Don't be stupid. Sociology should be practical not theory. Use your time wisely.
9. Languages: Studying for a degree in any language at all - Igbo, Yoruba, Hausa, Ijaw, German, French, Spanish, English - is a complete waste of precious time. If you want to become bilingual or multilingual, spend time with the native speakers and consciously learn. Study online or enroll for a six months intensive program. Use your time and money judiciously.
10. Political Science: Read local and international Newspapers and google topics of interest in politics. Do you need a degree to do that? There's no science to politics.
11. International Relations: Don't be deceived by the nomenclature. Diplomats and ambassadors are not appointed based on their degree certificate. Most of those politicians are not degree holders. If you want to relate internationally, put a visa on your international passport and travel out. And anybody can travel as they wish with or without a degree.
12. Public Administration: You want to be a civil servant? Is that your ambition? The civil service is downsizing ooo. And you can't withstand the bribery and corruption in Nigeria's civil service. The grand fathers there are not ready to leave. And how much are they paying civil servants? Servants! That's what they are unless you want to be a thief or rather pen robber.
13. Psychology: In Nigeria? You want to study all those bombastic inapplicable theories for four years and then graduate as a jobless psycho? Please google everything you need to about psychology and move on. We have enough mentally deranged people on the streets due to the harsh economic condition. A psychologist has no job in Nigeria. We are all psychos including me!
14. Library Science: When last did you visit a state or national library? The last time I visited the library at Yaba, it was dirty and dusty and filled with outdated materials. Now tell me, is that what you want for your life? When last did you even read a book if not for examination purposes? And on gaining admission to study some scrap course you will end up reading some scrap written by your archaic lecturer as course material to put food on his table. Anybody can learn how to organize the library. Save your time and energy.
15. Physical and Health Education: Register with a sports organization and study the rest on the internet. You stand to learn more about sporting and health activities in practical terms than applying for a degree program that will clip away at least five years from your life. I hope you know that the great sports personalities you watch and argue about everyday are not degree holders? Find something better and study as a degree!
16. Music: The food for the soul! Michael Jackson and Tuface Idibia are not degree holders ooo. If you want to learn how to play an instrument, there are lots of institutes of performing arts. They will help your ministry faster. Most classical and jazz musicians in Nigeria are struggling with life. Truth be told. You cannot vigorously pursue your music talent in the four walls of a university. Are your lecturers super stars?
17. Anthropology: The study of mankind. You are not the messiah. After studying mankind as a degree where do you hope to work in Nigeria? At Ogbunike cave or Olomo Rock? Don't confuse yourself with nomenclature. Unemployment is beckoning at you with a degree in culture and evolution. Confirmed!
18. Zoology: You want to study animal life in Nigeria? Go ahead with your passion. The zoo in Nigeria is facing more hardship than Nigerians because we can't feed wild animals and go hungry. A lion recently ran away from Jos all because of hunger. Unless your father is the owner of Nat. Geo. Wild and has created space for you, don't say I did not warn you. Even in politics, zoologists may not be allowed to contest elections again after the harrowing experience we had six years ago.
N/B. There are so many other courses apart from the above mentioned that will leave you valueless and unemployed after graduation. If you are already skilled and employed, you can apply and study them as a hobby and to answer a degree holder. But if you are hoping to earn a living and add value to the society via a degree paper, please do yourself a favour and ask relevant questions regarding the course you select to study. The craze for paper certification has put most of your predecessors in abject poverty. Learn a skill or trade that can keep you self reliant and financially independent. Don't use your money, intellect and time to buy a degree certificate that can't feed, clothe or shelter you after 10 years of graduation. No employer will employ you with an obsolete qualification. Apply wisdom in choosing your course of study and thank me later. Cheers!!!
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