Archive | June 2015

Employability

Employabilityability to deploy knowledge effectively to solve context sensitive problems and beyond demonstration of isolated skills and knowledge. Employability is competence to holistically comprehend the problem, architect effective / efficient workable solution and implement it. Employability reflects individual traits of maturity, communication, analytical / verbal / numeric / IT skills, self-confidence, empathy, commercial sensitivity, social intelligence, think on the feet and entrepreneurship. UnEmployability  is a serious concern with graduates leaving universities but with low emotional and intelligence traits to confront emerging reality. Employers pay premium for employable candidates not candidates with high academic credentials! Employable candidates need to know your enemy within – it pays. Unemployability reflects eroding  standards for award of degrees, poor fitment between curriculum and  needs, inappropriate teaching / learning / assessment practices and inflated credentials.

Good governance : fundamental right in a democracy

In order that governments do not take their masters (citizens) for granted and recognise their existence only in the run up to the elections, it appears prudent for progressive democracies to include good governance, liberally defined, as a fundamental right of citizens. This alone will make governments in developing democracies accountable to the citizens.

Governance issues in democracy are many and varied. Poor governance include discrimination in application of laws, non responsiveness to citizen issues, transparency of rules and their effective and uniform implementation, corruption, misuse of privileges and office, lack of public debate on larger issues, nepotism in dispensing state benefits and favours, opaqueness and evasive tactics, delay in award of justice, low access to information, misuse of state machinery.

Good governance should be made a fundamental right to be enforceable through a court of law