The President of the Sierra Leone Information Technology Society, (SLITS) Mr. Hindolo Fomolu has in an interview with Awoko said that there is little or no job market for Sierra Leonean graduates from Universities and Colleges.
He said most of the potential institutions which are supposed to create employment for Sierra Leoneans who have graduated from higher learning institutions prefer to employ foreign nationals like Nigerians, Ghanaians and other nationals.
He cited some of the big Nigerian Banks and companies as a clear example of institutions that are only employing their nationals thereby marginalizing Sierra Leoneans on the job market.
He however attributed the problem to the higher educational institutions themselves where there is no provision for students to acquire practical skills in various disciplines so that whatever qualification they acquire would reflect in their work at the end of the day.
He said his organization is now working on plans in collaboration with partners to see how best they could establish a Resource Centre where students from higher institutions are encouraged to enroll for practical skills in Information Technology (IT) in order to be able to compete on the job market.
Mr. Fomolu said membership of the organization is open to everyone who fulfils the laid down criteria.
He also stated that practical skills are extremely lacking in all educational institutions across the country, pointing out that what obtains in Universities and Colleges is far too removed from the reality on the ground.
He added that all what obtains in learning institutions are more of theories than practical which to some extent had militated against most graduates on the job market.
He said there are Sierras Leoneans who are more grounded in certain subject areas but when they go for job interviews they are frustrated because they have little or no practical skills to compete with their counterparts from other countries who are practically inclined.
By Solomon Rogers