The use of grades, scores, G.P.As and honours have been used as a benchmark to determine the intelligence level of Students, most notably in the higher institution where we have honours in grades and class; The first class, second class upper, second class lower, third class, and worst possible honour — certificate of attendance. Students with first class honour are rated very high with a strong believe that they would be extremely successful in future. The higher your G.P, the more successful you would be in future. This has made a lot of first class honour students relax and believe that the future is so bright. But here are 5.0 Reasons a First Class Honour Doesn’t Guarantee You Success in Future:
1.0 LIFE IS DIFFERENT FROM A CLASSROOM
In reality; life is a different ball game. It is entirely different from the confines of a room. School rewards people for their memory, life rewards people for their imagination, initiative and innovations. In a school, you learn before been tested but in life, you get tested before you learn. Life would not make use of those formulars you learnt in class, it demands you apply them. Some can take shortcuts to get good grades, but in life, there is no shortcut to a lasting success — you work hard. No more school rules, timetable, boring or interesting classes, or cliques. In reality, you stand alone and make your decision. After school, no one talks about you graduating with a first class honour or Summa Cum Laude, neither will they talk about your G.P, but everyone will talk about how well you were able to handle situations assiduously.
2.0 LIFE HAS NO CURRICULUM
While in school, a group of elite (Experts, scholars, Governments) sit to draw out a plan on how, what, when and where to learn. This is popularly called “School Curriculum”. But life has no curriculum. Anything could happen – risk, danger, failure, distraction and so on. You draw out your plan, determine your own curriculum, act on it and face the result (good or bad). A school curriculum would tell you to forfeit some subjects or courses for the second year or semester and compel you to do that year’s subject. But in life, you could possibly take a 5-year course in one month or stretch a month course to 5 years. You determine your curriculum or prospectus.
3.0 STATISTICS AND HISTORY HAS IT
Looking at most of the successful men and women today, a larger percentage of them didn’t graduate with a first-class honour while a lot of them didn’t complete their education. This is not to discourage you from studying or graduating with a good grade but the emphasis is on the fact that what the future holds cannot be determined by your school grade. Mark Zuckerberg, Steve Jobs, Richard Branson, Michael Dell, Bill Gates, Al Pacino, Walt Disney, Abraham Lincoln and a whole lot of others either dropped out of school or had very bad grades but, they did become successful.
4.0 EVERYBODY CAN’T MAKE FIRST CLASS
All fingers are not equal. Just as we have the rich and the poor, the ruler and the ruled, the cute and the ugly, the chalk and cheese, the bright and the “dull” we also have different levels. Everybody is not on the same par; some will be at the top while some at the bottom, others — just somewhere around average. Since the school rewards for how well you can memorize, then everyone can’t have same memory capacity. We all have different approaches to study, different circumstances surrounding us, different background, different IQ Levels, everything about us is different. So, no where will it be possible for everyone to make first class. Little wonder, the system already made room for second and third class.
5.0 OTHER FACTORS
- state of the economy
- unemployment rate
- educational system
We have many square pegs in round holes. Some potential writers studying medicine, potential engineers studying agriculture, painters studying accounting. The education system has not helped matter at all. Their methods for sorting students into higher institution and their field of study is questionable. Just like somebody said, “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”
Moreover, the yardstick to measure first-class honour varies from country to county. A country’s first class might equal to another country’s third class and vice versa.
Also, the economy is gradually moving to the age of “you must be self-employed”. What is the essence of a first class if you can’t fully gain employment with it? With the high rate of unemployment in the country, you must be able to create job, something that is dependent solely on your smartness and knowledge not your degree.
“The world is filled with many certificate holders, but few problem solvers.”
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