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Entrepreneurial curriculum in African universities: A panacea to graduates’ unemployment if?

Chinyeake J. Igbokwe-Ibeto, Florence C. Agbodike, Kehinde O. Osakede
Africa’s Public Service Delivery & Performance Review | Vol 6, No 1 | a222 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/apsdpr.v6i1.222 | © 2018 Chinyeake J. Igbokwe-Ibeto, Florence Agbodike, Kehinde O. Osakede | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 23 February 2018 | Published: 16 October 2018

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Chinyeake J. Igbokwe-Ibeto, Department of Public Administration, Eastern Palm University, Nigeria
Florence C. Agbodike, Department of Public Administration, Namdi Azikiwe University, Nigeria
Kehinde O. Osakede, West African Seasoning Company Limited, Nigeria


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Abstract

Background: University education is a prerequisite for the production of highly competent experts which, in turn, contributes to economic growth and national development at large. For these to be achieved, the right entrepreneurial (content) curriculum and qualified teachers must be in place to perform this varied function.

Aim: Within the framework of human capital and cognitive theories - an eclectic approach - this article examines the nexus between entrepreneurial curriculum in Africa and graduates employability with specific reference to Nigerian universities. To interrogate the issues raised, this article employed descriptive survey design and content analysis.

Setting: This study was carried out using qualitative desktop method in deriving data for answering the question. Over 50 literature were consulted and analysed in order to establish the nexus between entrepreneurial curriculum and graduate employability in Africa.

Methods: This research employed the descriptive survey method and content analysis with the researchers setting out to illustrate the association that exists between the dependent and independent variables.

Results: This article argues that the extent to which entrepreneurship education curriculum inculcates entrepreneurial skills among Nigerian undergraduates, is very poor. Also, the quality of resource persons employed to teach entrepreneurship education in the Nigerian universities appears not to possess the requisite knowledge to impart entrepreneurial spirit in students.

Conclusion: It concludes that the university authorities should ensure a ‘fit’ in the recruitment of entrepreneurial education lecturers as well as an adequate provision of teaching and learning aids.


Keywords

content; creativity; employ-ability; job creation; self-reliance; skills

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