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“Degree” involves professional fields requiring undergraduate or graduate degrees, a degree is an academic course and qualification studied for and attained at university which can be a four or five-year course in a specific field.

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Practical knowledge is gained by doing things and is being acquired by day to day hands-on experience.

Practical knowledge can also be informal knowledge and it manifests itself as skills or “knowing-how”

Practical knowledge is very crucial to an understanding of how things actually work,


Practical knowledge leads to a much deeper understanding of a concept through the act of doing and personal experience, it is mainly used in our actual day-day work.

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By doing things and through experiences you learn a lot.  But there are things which you learn that is restricted to practical knowledge even though you have read the theories.

For example: Driving a car can only be made via practical knowledge If you think that theory can help you rather than practical to just pick up a car and starts driving. “You are just pursuing shadows because without practice you will not know what clutch is.

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In our institution of higher learning for example. Students have deviated from knowing and learning for what they have gone to school for and then put their interest in acquiring a certificate which is their most utmost interest. By doing this, they have failed to understand that:

  • Practical training allows one to acquire the practical knowledge and abilities offered by the professionals which tends to use in the labour market.
  • Having a sound practical knowledge gives you an opportunities to show the organization your professional potentials with a view to a future job offer, if there are skills you have, you would not have any problem entering professional life.

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  • You tend to impress your senior’s and stand a chance to be among the best employees of your organization.
  • Having a good practical knowledge can become a highest of your resume; during your interview, you can clearly make a good impact talking about your practical experience and for the fact that you are grounded with practical knowledge, such situation can be useful for you in getting a job.
  • Time has changed and organizations are looking in for talented individuals who can effectively handle work without wasting time and money on training.

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Why then do youths tend to focused on degree rather than practical knowledge of which the former should be the product of the later?

  • God –fatherism: Most of the Student in our institution of higher learning are just there to spend four years in the school just to have the Certificate that bears B.Sc. of anything. Having gotten it, they will hands it over to their super-dupers or the big wigs in Presidential villa, Senate, House of assembly, paramilitaries, Navy, Federal Medical centres etc. who in turn will use the ill-gotten paper and push them to work. For example; have you gone to a government hospital after experiencing belly ache and a lab attendant will take your samples and tell you you’re suffering from Ulcer whereas is an ordinary worm. You might end swallowing a whole lot of user kit and will be dying gradually; this is the evidence of having a paper degree without any idea of practical knowledge.
  • Alawi: There are mad students whose only intention is to finish the nonsense four-year course so that they will wear kaki by all means and get the monthly allowance; Every year N.Y.S.C do fetch out some bad eggs who sneaked in just to see if they can wear the N.Y.S.C kaki and eat Alawi.

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  • Politics: Is mandatory for example in Nigeria that before you enter into politics, you must have at least First School Leaving Certificate, That is why the most time you will see a tout who has not entered primary one will buy a  paper called degree or certificate to enable him to enter into politics. That is why today you will see some leaders who cannot differentiate between ideas and goal.
  • Employment: Using our Banking sectors for example; where ever you see ten cashiers, it might be the only one that red banking and finance, nine others might have red philosophy, geography, library and information science. No area of specialization for employment again. But employment depends on degree paper, if you like to buy A1 with in-kind or cash, practical knowledge is not needed anymore as the criteria for employment.

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  • Sorting: I asked a fellow calque who is a regular student in one of the institutions how she copes with 24hour work and school, She answered me that “I am waiting for the Reverend Father to say Mass has dismissed”, What of the work I am doing here, I know how to clear my way. “When a lecturer descends so low to be collecting cash from the students to pass him or her, what’s the need for one to discover himself through practical knowledge.

It’s very crucial for every individual to possess sufficient knowledge to lead his life smartly and successfully.  It does not matter who you are. Practical knowledge is something very important in the life of an individual.  Practical knowledge empowers an individual, pursue practical knowledge today.

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