DEPLOY CAREER COUNSELLORS TO GUIDE STUDENTS THROUGH THE SCHOOL SELECTION EXERCISE
This week, starting Monday, JHS graduates who sat the just-ended BECE are undertaking the exercise of selecting their preferred schools for computer placement.
Each child would have to choose 6 schools, two of which must compulsorily be a Technical/Vocational School and a Day School respectively.
This destiny-determining and future-job prospects exercise is practised and treated as a simple charade game like “pick and act” thing in Ghana.
The students, most of whom have not really settled on what profession to embark on in the future, are unguidedly choosing ‘fine’ programmes like G. Art, Science, Business and Home Econs. Many are also “fighting” over Grade A and B schools.
In fact, the whole exercise is treated like a GAME.
This is where unemployment starts. This is where bitterness and regrets start.
This is where many failures and “had I known” start.
This is the beginning of Unemployed Graduates Association, fake Pastors and whack politicians. This exercise accounts for Ghana’s grossly retarded development pace.
As Counsellor, I’ve met Lawyers who wanted to be Doctors, Teachers who preferred Banking, Engineers who wished for Medicine, Bankers who loved to be Architects.
I’ve met Drivers, Masons, Carpenters who wanted to be Teachers, Lawyers, Engineers, etc. In Ghana, only few professionals find themselves in their childhood dreams.
A lot of deviations, changing and re-pathing happen to a lot of people.
Many of these regrets come out of the choices of schools and programmes people made in JHS 3.
The Ministry of Education and Ghana Education Service should deploy Career Choice Counsellors to guide these students through the selection exercise (note: not all Counsellors are into career guidance).
This exercise should not be “business as usual”.
Ghana must begin a conscientious effort at changing this narrative.
Thank you, Counsellor Daniel Fenyi
Ministry of Education GH Dr. Matthew Opoku PrempehDr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh Dr. Yaw Osei AdutwumDr. Yaw Osei Adutwum Ghana Education Service
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