INTEGRATING ENTREPRENEURSHIP SKILLS ACQUISITION IN THE UNIVERSITY CURRICULUM FOR NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Emaikwu, S. O.
Journal Title:Journal of Research in Education and Society
One of the weaknesses of the Nigeria's education system is its failure to prepare graduates for self-employment and business entrepreneurship. The system encourages the graduates to follow the tradition of job seeking. The general notion is that a good job is a government job, and not a job in the private sector. In Nigeria currently the economic environment has changed drastically so much so that the public sector is diminishing in job creation and economic liberalization is taking place to the extent that public enterprises are being privatized thus making the private sector an engine of economic growth. This article evaluates the introduction of entrepreneurship skills acquisition in the university curriculum. The article gives inputs on entrepreneurship skills acquisition by supporting its integration into the curriculum of universities as a panacea for self reliance. Besides extolling the benefits derivable from entrepreneurship education, the article equally points out the likely impediments of this innovative educational practice. Various affirmative action programmes for smooth implementation of entrepreneurship education in the university curriculum were adduced.