Give Professionalism Due Value

Observably, there are so many mushroom professional schools and vocational training centres in the country which drain naïve parents of huge sums of hard-earned money in exchange of seemingly big certificates but whose owners either graduate almost as empty as they enrolled or sometimes more confused. As such, the number of Cameroonians with loud-sounding certificates are certainly aplenty within and without the country but the challenge of securing gainful employment commensurate with the supposed level of education remains a difficult equation to solve. There is visibly a wide gap between what they memorise in books to obtain the certificates and what the competitive job market actually needs from the certificate holders. Simply put; scores of citizens have very big certificates which do not give them the requisite competences to do anything meaningful. 
It is an open secret that when it comes to finding a job and encouraging emerging professionals to excel in their new career path, making sure that graduates have the skills they need, professional training stands out. Obviously so as students who do not have the necessary skills will likely find themselves struggling on the job market. They may start to lose confidence and feel unsure about what to do. Structures that might attempt recruiting them, based on the certificates they present, would also feel frustrated as they lose money and time. Under such conditions; unemployment and or underemployment are almost inevitable. 
A country like Cameroon where the certificate syndrome appears to have overwhelmed many, most of whom would boast of the number of Masters’ or PhDs they have even if that alone has nothing to contribute to society’s smooth functioning, absolutely needs to give a second thought to professional training. The much-talked about professionalisation of education in the country appears to be more on paper. Evidence is that the job market is increasingly being flooded with certificate holders whose services are not easily needed or who do not have the required competences to deliver. Their training was not purpose-driven!
It would be profitable for government to revise its strategies vis-à-vis professional training as well as seriously look into the curricula of already existing professional training institutions both public and private. From observation, a good fraction of the population have already caught the vision...



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