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April 21, 2017 at 10:50 am

There is an acute shortage of software developers (programmers) in the labour market. The few that are really good in the trade are either too expensive to employed or themselves, seeking employees because they are starting up their own businesses. Reason is not far-fetched. Our educational institutions are not churning out enough programmers.

It has been like that for a long time in most tertiary institutions in Nigeria. Most students would not want to take a career in software development just because they are “scared” of programming courses. As a matter of fact, most students hardly even know how they “passed” their programming courses in school. Others, when they scale through them, they hardly even take a second look at them, talk more of finding interest.

So lets, talk. Is programming actually a difficult subject matter? Is it that our lecturers are not up to the tasks of making programming interesting? Are students not just interested? Are programming courses the problem themselves, maybe because they are not “lucrative” enough? Are students, especially of computer related courses, not simply cut-out to do programming?