The Emerging Trend

About 3 weeks ago during Heroes and Heroines Initiative weekly Friday Talks, Tosin Ogundinmu was speaking on what Industrial Production Engineering entails. During this presentation, he also gave analysis of the average income earned by Industrial Production Engineers. I can vividly remember that several participants indicated interest in swapping their course of study to IPE. While they might be joking, the newly released list of the top 10 scores in the 2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination highlights an emerging trend. According to the release, 13 students had the 10 best scores with all of them applying for engineering courses. Chief among these courses are Mechanical Engineering and Electrical and Electronic Engineering with an aspirant of Industrial Production Engineering emerging as the best candidate. This can not be said to be mere coincidence, it is a departure from the monopoly that has been enjoyed by medical courses who used to have the best candidates in examinations in time past. Also, a review of Institutions cut off marks between 2014 and 2019 also highlighted the progressive increase in the cut off marks of technology courses which shows the increasing competition for these courses.

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A quick guess of the reason for this trend is the current domination of the workspace by technology and the enticing monetary rewards and not that mathematics is becoming easier as jokingly suggested by a friend.
However, what is currently a gain for the technology world is the shift of attention from other key areas of study

Attached are the pictures of 2020 JAMB Best Candidates, University of Ibadan Cut off marks for 2014, 2018 respectively.

BY – Samuel Samson Tobiloba

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