Examinations are given to students to determine their level of understanding of the particular subjects taught them prior to the examinations. Examination can be done in writing or given orally. In schools, examinations are necessary to help students pass through school with at least a reasonable knowledge of their chosen area of expertise.
A school of thought believes that this kind of examination is the only way to determine the intelligence of students while another school of thought insists that examination alone is not a true test of knowledge. However following these two divergent views, I cannot help but ask whether written examinations are a necessity when it comes to job recruitment. In Nigeria, job applicants are made to write examinations by many recruiters before choosing the lucky candidates.
Yes I call them lucky because now in Nigeria, most of the chosen candidates are not the best ones in the examinations. Some are chosen even without participating in any examination. The reality of the situation in Nigeria is that these set of job applicants are chosen because they are connected to some highly positioned persons in the country (God-fathers). The annoying part is that some job recruiters will even demand that the job seekers purchase examination scratch-cards with their own cash before the job application. So why waste the time, transport fare and in some cases accommodation money of job applicants in Nigeria when there is no guarantee of getting employment after writing the examinations? Why put innocent and hard working job applicants through much stress? Perhaps it is time for job applicants in Nigeria to canvass for a law that will protect them from unnecessary exploitation and stress by job recruiters.
Written By Adaeze Madugba