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Anwukah, Anyafulu Decry Implementation Of Students Industrial Works Experience Scheme

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Minister of State for Education, Prof. Anthony Anwukah, has described as poor the declining implementation of the Students Industrial Works Experience Scheme (SIWES), saying it used to serve as a bridge between universities and the employers.

Speaking at a-two day retreat for Governing Councils of Federal Universities organised by the National Universities Commission (NUC) in Abuja recently, the Minister of State For Education urged stakeholders in the sector to work hard by creating a synergy between the institutions and industries, such that it would be mandatory for all graduates to get practical training from professional institutions before they enter the world of work.

He said the suggestion was being made because many university graduates were not good enough to be employed by industries.


“Law students attend Law School for one year before going for NYSC and medical students go for one year Houseman ship before they are allowed to practice fully, so it will be necessary for other courses to also go through this process”.

Anwukah added: “The universities are producing products that are not matching the needs of the industries. I urged the Committee of Pro-chancellors and Committee of Vice-Chancellor to end the decline in the standard of education,” he said.


Speaking in the same vein, Mrs. Sophia Anyafulu, Head of Department of Hospitality Management, Yaba College of Technology, Lagos expressed disappointment in the attitude of hoteliers expected to take students and put them through field training, saying that many at the end of industrial attachment return to school worse.

Speaking with DAILY INDEPENDENT on the subject, Mrs. Anyafulu condemned the attitude of hoteliers to trainee students as many of them are used as kitchen staff to cut pluck pepper, cut vegetables and made to do other menial jobs meant for cleaners.

“I remember that last year, I went on SIWES inspection and was not satisfied with the condition under the attaches worked. I had to look for a replacement immediately for them. The hotel was more of a den for people of questionable character because as I walked into the premises I could perceive the smoke of Marijuana. A place where smokers of the weed patronize is dangerous for students,” she emphasised.

She stated that the processes involved in engaging students for SIWES in big hotels could be frustrating as they are subjected to all forms of scrutiny and tests, saying that in many cases what they offered are a mere pittance.

She added: “Throughout the one-year period, SIWES students passed through a lot. Some of them are made to work kitchen cutting vegetables and other menial jobs and are offered N5, 000 or N10, 000 while some are not even paid at all for the period”.

However, she stated that the challenge of manpower development is now a problem of the past as interested students can now acquire training up to PhD level in hospitality management in the country.


“Today we can do up to the PhD in hospitality in Nigeria because there are universities that run programmes in hospitality education.

“Nigeria has come to realise that hospitality or the old hotel and catering programmes have gone beyond cooking. There are opportunities to study up to PhD level here in Nigeria. So, I am hoping that by the time a school like Yabatech is upgraded to a University, we will be able to do a postgraduate diploma, and eventually postgraduate degrees,” Anyafulu added.



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