The Director, British Council in Nigeria, Brian Wilson, on Thursday urged all tiers of government in Nigeria to encourage critical thinking skills in students across all levels of education.
Wilson said in Lagos that lack of critical thinking skills amongst students at the tertiary level was responsible for the huge unemployment of Nigerian university graduates.
Wilson said the trend was worrisome as lack of critical thinking had been identified to be a global challenge.
“That is why the British Council has always been at the forefront in creating and providing resources for platforms that will encourage, guide and harness innate skills in youth in the world.
“Nigeria shares common ties with Britain, and that is why we are interested in ensuring that we work together in the area of improved education and skills acquisition.
“Nigeria currently tends to be one of the countries in the world with the highest number of unemployed young people.
“These young people must be encouraged to think critically and try out their hands on skills development and acquisition to better themselves as well as contribute their quota to the country’s development.”
Wilson said the situation thus called for an adjustment in the country’s school curriculum to suit the demands of the society.
He said that only when this was achieved that the students would align themselves with the reality of the times by showing more interest in entrepreneurial studies.
Wilson said that government must be able to reach out to the private sector, strategically positioned to accept and encourage students to take practical training.