Higher institutions lack practical equipment

Higher institutions lack practical equipment
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Students lament having no practical knowledge of their course of study.

Stakeholders have declared the need of the inclusion of more practical learning in tertiary institutions, to help students gain job experiences that are needed for employment; this is in response to the continuous questions raised by employers concerning the employability of graduates of the Nigerian tertiary institutions. The high rate of unemployment in the country has been of utmost concern, as more graduates are being nurtured with little or no practical experience on a yearly basis.

Feedback from employers have asserted that many Nigerian graduates are unable to put their studied course into practice due to the practical application of knowledge and skills required by the course. However, there are so many factors hindering practical education in Nigerian tertiary institutions such as inadequate facilities, outdated facilities, unavailability of experienced technicians, insufficient funding, lack of necessary equipment, and many more. Due to the aforementioned factors, many students spend the required years in these institutions and graduate without having integral practical knowledge needed to complement their learning.

Practical education promotes learning and adaptation.

Mrs. Empress Thelma Igwe, an educationist and learning difficulty consultant, stated that practical education plays a major role in reducing examination malpractice and certificate forgery. She further added that practical classes promote social interactions; instills the love for learning, improved independence, ability to do teamwork, and interest in school activities in students; while it also erases poor reasoning and poor understanding. Stakeholders also argued that practical education boosts learning and adaptation, as it improves the better understanding of courses that are being taught theoretically.

In addition, It was said that students of this generation find it difficult to read long notes and many theories are so lengthy that the unnecessary points outweigh the important ones, therefore, students are more interested in concise facts and simple ways of understanding. Notwithstanding, students, through frequent participation in practical activities, that proves facts, would easily remember what they are being taught, even theory-wise. Private tertiary institution owners are also advised to add practical fees to students’ tuition for its inclusion.

Students appeal to institutions to provide practical learning facilities.

A student of Ambrose Alli University (AAU), Ekpoma, Edet Enogabasi, expressed dissatisfaction stating how poor practical classes could be the cause of poor academic performance. Being a student of electrical engineering, she confessed her difficulty in understanding practical engineering work, talk much of being a professional engineer. She therefore urged governments and tertiary institutions to enable the provision of quality workshops, necessary facilities, equipment, and expert technicians, to aid the proper atmosphere for acquiring requisite practical knowledge.

Also lamenting about the poor state of practical learning in tertiary institutions, Mercy Omorodion, a student of Mass Communication, Delta State University, Abraka, said that the knowledge of her course would be further broadened by adequate practice, while improving her confidence, helping her adapt easily, and affecting her performance in her course of study positively. The DELSU student further acknowledged that asides from the practical knowledge which she gained during her internship, she has never engaged in any practical work in school.

Lack of employable skills make graduates remain unemployed.

Parents and guardians also decried the lack of practical education in tertiary institutions, advising governments to make amends by building practical laboratories with needed equipment, and providing maintenance funds to aid their smooth operations. One of the goals of practical education is to expose students to necessary skills for easy transition from the classroom to a world where practical work experience is needed. The lack of possession of these employable skills, have made many graduates remain unemployed, therefore, students appeal to tertiary institutions to find an urgent solution.


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Ask Nigeria
28 days ago

Higher institutions lack practical equipment – Students lament having no practical knowledge of their course of study. – Express your point of view.

SarahDiv
Member
27 days ago

It is most unfortunate that in this dispensation where most countries have gone far in science and technology our higher institutions lack practical equipment to aid their learning. That is why we have half baked graduate out there who cannot effective handle equipment in their field of study.

Taiwoo
Member
27 days ago

Parents have voiced their dissatisfaction with the lack of practical education offered by tertiary institutions, urging governments to rectify the situation by erecting practical laboratories equipped with the necessary tools and providing funds for their upkeep in order to ensure that they run efficiently.

Christiana
Member
27 days ago

The governments and educational institutions at the tertiary level should make it possible to provide excellent workshops, the essential facilities, and equipment, as well as qualified technicians, so that there is an appropriate environment for obtaining the required practical knowledge.

Remi1
Member
27 days ago

Because this facet of students’ education will be of great assistance, proprietors of private tertiary institutions should charge additional fees on top of students’ tuition for its inclusion.

Tolaniiii
Member
27 days ago

it is difficult for students of this generation to read notes, and because many theories are so lengthy that the number of unimportant points outweigh the number of important points.

Last edited 27 days ago by Tolaniiii
Chibuzor
Member
27 days ago

Classes that emphasise hands-on learning encourage students to engage with one another, foster more independence and the capacity to collaborate effectively, and foster a love of learning.

DimOla
Member
27 days ago

Nigerian lack necessary and enough equipment to carryout practical learning in her tertiary institutions. I love this move by studend clamouring for provision of apparatus and needed equipment for practical learning.

Adesanyaj72
Member
27 days ago

Stakeholders have emphasised that practical education increases the better comprehension of courses that are being taught theoretically, which in turn promotes learning and adaption.

Nwachukwu Kingsley
Member
27 days ago

Many students spend the minimum number of years required to graduate from these schools, but they do so without the essential practical expertise that is necessary to supplement their education.

Bola12
Member
27 days ago

Practical education at Nigerian universities is hampered by a number of problems, including a lack of resources and outdated teaching methods.

Hassan Isa
Member
27 days ago

Employers have reportedly reported that a large number of Nigerian graduates are unable to find work because they lack the practical experience and expertise necessary to succeed in their chosen field.

Godsewill Ifeanyi
Member
27 days ago

Because more graduates are being produced each year with little or no practical experience, the high rate of unemployment in the nation has been of the highest worry. This is because more graduates are being produced each year.

Adeolastan
Member
27 days ago

Lots of higher institutions in Nigeria are really lack of or outdated equipments which is very bad to education system of a country.

Ultra0711
Member
27 days ago

Government should invest more to the education sector to provide adequate infrastructure and equipment for the students to avoid half-baked graduates.

theApr
Member
27 days ago

Practical knowledge aids the learning process and makes it interesting. Being loaded with bulk of theoretical information just leaves you with imagination for you to relate with the concept. Abstract learning is not always the best.

Tonerol10
Member
27 days ago

Very important that our school should have enough practical equipment. It will improve and help student to understand and have a good knowledge. Government, companies and rich celebrities, please support our school equipment. Thanks

Iyanu12345ogg
Member
27 days ago

it is so important in schools for practicals to be done. Practical equipment will give students better understanding of what they are being taught. Govt and Schools should work in hand and provide appropriate solutions.

Kazeem1
Member
27 days ago

the importance of higher schools providing students with more opportunities for hands-on training in order to enable them get the necessary work experience before entering the workforce.

Haykaylyon26
Member
27 days ago

Practical equipment is important in learning it will help the student familiar with the equipment how it look like or how it been used rather than just mention it without seen it. Practical equipment will help student understand what they are been taught since is physical to them, I hope things can be put in place so schools get practice equipment to help in studying

jdpumping
Member
27 days ago

practicals are so parount on learning wow I remember sweet old days there are soa y things been read in text books that can only be well understood when practicalised,so it is so important in schools for practicals to be done.

Abusi
Member
27 days ago

Actually in universities, a lot of students lack practical knowledge of their course of study. I hope the School administration can look into this troubling matter and find a lasting solution to it. While we are taught theories, we need to practice what we are being taught.