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Now, who isn't worried about this?

I mysteriously found myself on an interview panel recently. I considered it a mystery because I didn't know about it until 45 minutes to the time. So, nothing, not even my long-standing involvement in clairvoyance, prepared me for the eye-watering experience I had during the sessions. One stood out remarkably, and I'm just about to share it. I apologize upfront if you disturb your friends or colleagues in the course of reading this.

A very pretty young woman walks into the room, and stood looking at us, five of us-three men and two ladies. I offered her a chair and without much ado asked her to tell us about herself-that's after she had taken her time to settle in to the apparently uncomfortable change and kept bag down like he stored eggs inside.

OMG! Come and see trouble. See struggle! You know that kind of question, which seeks to know who you are, how old, what you studied, about your family, your interests, etc. This pretty young thing (PYT) complete with an enchanting figure and a Gucci handbag (I couldn't say whether it was fake or original) to match was waffling. I kept helping her, nudging her, but she didn't seem to easily remember the schools she attended and the name of her village or town, as the case may be.

Sensing she might be suffering from "Uneasy" (stage-fright), I elected to change the topic immediately. So, what book are you reading now, I asked her. 
Chai! She stared at us for about 5 seconds and then: "The Holy Bible", she lied!!!

One of the ladies on the panel protested that the Bible doesn't qualify, but even so...we agreed to accept the holy book. Then I asked her which of the synoptic gospels she's read. She's was like "sir"? At this point, my impatience started to rise like leaven.

"You don't know the synoptic gospels?" She answer in the affirmative, a Social Science graduate. I asked her to phone a friend, like Frank Edoho would do on WWTBAM. Well, a sister came to her rescue right there. Then, I asked which of the books, and she claimed Mathew.

I asked her how recently she read, and she said she was currently reading Mathew. Ok. I asked her to tell me what's in Mathew 5:25. She couldn't. I asked her to bring out her phone and google it. She did and read the following to me:

"Settle matters quickly with your adversary who is taking you to court. Do it while you are still together on the way, or your adversary may hand you over to the judge, and the judge may hand you over to the officer, and you may be thrown into prison."

With that I was done with my questions, and the interview was over-because my co-panelists were too exhausted (read frustrated) to continue. We met many other disasters, in the course of the day, and many of them brought along 2:1s and 2:2s from otherwise reputable universities. Seriously, we need to declare an Emergency in the Education Sector. We most urgently do.
Now, who isn't worried about this? Now, who isn't worried about this? Reviewed by Emeka Oparah on Wednesday, March 02, 2016 Rating: 5

1 comment

  1. Does her performance reflect the state of education in the Nigerian society presently or is it simply a commentary on the social values of the Nigerian state in the 21st century? In my view, either way, this story is a statement on the appalling performances of past governments in Nigeria! The current regime should take note of the dangers of negligence!! The Buhari government must stem the tide of social decay in every sphere of our national life.


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