Mrs. Edith Kyeremanteng, the headmistress of the Achimota Basic School, has called on the Ghana Education Service and other stakeholders to feature “Career Day” in the educational curriculum and academic calendar to be formally observed by schools.
She said this would help the children to do self-introspection and expose them to professions and career opportunities available for them to receive early coaching on which options to pursue based on their strengths.
“As an educationist I could perceive there is a seeming disconnection between what is happening or being churned out in the classroom and the delivery on the job market in the final analysis, which justifies the call for the Career Day programme,” she noted.
Mrs Kyeremanteng made the call when she addressed the school’s yearly “Careers Day” at the school.
She said the programme was intended to bridge the gap between education and the future careers of the pupils in order to equip them with the right perspectives to make sound career choices that reflected on what they studied at school.
She said the day was being observed for the third time and was patronised by pupils from kindergarten to the junior high school levels and were made to write essays on their chosen careers.
Mrs Kyeremanteng said the main objective of education was to equip children with skills, knowledge and values to be able to make well-informed career decisions.
“We also let them understand that it is not only academic work that matters but equally important is the technical aspect too, to give assurance to those academically weak but who could be talented in other areas,” she said.
The headmistress advised the pupils to put a finger on a career and make sure they followed it with passion, discipline and hard work by examining their individual merits and abilities.
Mrs Kyeremanteng encouraged the pupils not to look down on any profession but be informed of the fact that there were artisans who were earning far more than white-collar workers.
Madam Selina Darko, a guidance and counselling co-ordinator of the school advised the pupils to always examine themselves to know what they want to be in future by focusing on their strengths and passion.
She urged parents to desist from the practice of imposing careers on their children, adding that they should rather guide and inspire them.
She asked the pupils to improve on their learning skills such as reading and note-taking and improve on their weak subjects, adding that, “we are all not the same so we must know our individual ability and natural inclination”.
Mr Joseph Adu, the Information Communication Technology and Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) Coordinator of the school advised the pupils to take their class exercises, home work and internal examination serious as that contributed to the continuous assessment component of the final scores.
He asked them not to be over-excited about the obsession for scoring many ‘ones’ on their result sheets, but they should rather work hard to ensure that their ‘ones’ were strong enough to determine their raw score.
“As a result of ignorance, most students have the notion that once they score a good number of ‘ones’ on their score sheets they are through and need to get their first choices of schools which is not the case,” he said.
Mr Samuel Owusu Nyantakyi, the supervisor of the Primary division of the school, asked the pupils to sacrifice the comfort of today and strive to come out with flying colours after which they would have the leisure in the world to indulge themselves in.
Mr Gilbert Larbi, the chairperson of the occasion advised the pupils to break any possible myth or stronghold that hinder their progress in education, adding that with God and hard work, they could achieve their ambitions.GNA