The University Placement Program

Students that grew up in the Ethiopian education system have gone through very similar experiences. We’ve all stressed about the 10th grade Matric exam, suffered through power cuts and waited in line to print assignments, crammed one weeks’ worth of studies in one day (where does the time go?) and more.

However, one of the biggest challenges faced by students comes once they reach college. A lot of the decision of what to study is determined by grades not students’ choice. The large gap created here, is the difference between a person that is engaged in the study he/she wants to study vs the person that is in a field because of limited choices.

Moreover, students’ decisions are often dictated by what degrees are on demand in the market. Students tend to follow the trend and not their personal interests. What they are good at is often overshadowed by the need to secure a job. It is also not uncommon to see parents dictating what their children should study and push them towards a certain direction. This removes another factor in the decision making process, the student’s interest and innate abilities.

In addition, over 200,000 students graduate every year expecting jobs with the degrees they have earned. This raises another important question, how will this affect graduating students in the working world? This matched with the scarcity of jobs created a strange space where the jobs available aren’t getting fully accessed by new job seekers.

With these factors in consideration, questions arise. Is this a negative factor in the professional world? How does this affect graduating students in the long run? Can the country afford to change the policy? And Is the country ready for that change?

What do you think? Let us know in the comments below!



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