Ms Martha Anang, a Career Analyst, has stressed the need for career development principles and skills to be infused into the educational system right from the basic level.
This would offer students the opportunity to develop quality job skills and bridge the gap between education and career and ultimately reduce unemployment, she said.
Ms Anang, the Chief Executive Officer of Dominion Leaders Foundation, was speaking at the second speech and prize giving day and graduation of the Career Development International School (CDIS) in Mankessim.
It was on the theme, “A child today, a leader tomorrow through sound education.”
She said career choice was a process which should start from the developmental level to shape people to fit into the world of work, and its awareness should not wait until the higher level of education.
Miss Anang said there was the need for parents and educators to help the young learners to understand and appreciate the principles of education and give them the free will to choose the career they wished to pursue in life.
If stakeholders failed to guide children well to meet the demands of the changing environment, a time would come that all school products would not fit into placement, she noted.
Miss Anang said the impact of many propounded theories had not been felt at the basic schools due to lack of implementation and called for a stronger will to do so.
She said the current educational reforms had stated categorically that career guidance embedded in Guidance and Counselling should be the pivot upon which basic education should run but its implementation was an issue.
She said a large number of counsellors at the basic schools were non-professionals hence lacked the requisite knowledge in counselling because the services was seen as supplementary and non-examinable, therefore, lacking the needed attention.
Where teachers further pursue guidance and counselling programmes, educational heads engaged them in teaching other subjects than practising the counselling to shape the future of the children.
Ms Anang urged parents to constantly seek the welfare of their children by providing guidance in all aspects including spiritual guidance.
The headmaster of the school, Mr Joseph Franklin Anderson, said the school constantly run in-service training for its teachers to enhance their capacity thus recorded 100 per cent in the 20013/2014 Basic Education Certificate Examination.
The school which started with less than 100 pupils in 2014 now has more than 400 pupils.
He expressed concern about the low parents’ attendance at Parent Teacher Association meetings and urged them to show much concern in the education of their children.