Infuse career development into basic education – Career Analyst

By Afedzi Abdullah,
GNA

Mankessim (C/R)
Aug. 24, GNA – Miss Martha Anang, a Career Analyst, has stressed the need for
career development principles and skills to be infused into the educational
system right at the basic level.

This would offer
students the opportunity to develop quality job skills and bridge the gap
between education and career with the ultimate aim of reducing unemployment.

Miss 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.

The celebration was
on the theme: “A Child Today, a Leader Tomorrow through Sound Education”.

According to her,
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 a higher level of education.

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.

Miss Anang, the
Director of the school, said the impact of many policies had not been felt at
the basic schools due to lack of implementation and called for a stronger will
to do so.

She said a larger
number of counsellors at the basic schools were non-professionals hence lacked
the requisite knowledge in counselling.

Miss Anang said
because the service was seen as supplementary and non- examinable, it lacked
the needed attention but there was the need for teachers to pursue guidance and
counselling programmes to be able to shape the future of the children.

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 be fit for job placement,
she noted.

She said there was
the need for parents and educators to help young learners understand and
appreciate the principles of education and give them the free will to choose
the career they wished to pursue in life.

Miss Anang urged
parents to constantly seek the welfare of their children by providing guidance
in all aspects including spiritual guidance.

Mr Joseph Franklin
Anderson, the Headmaster of the school, said the school constantly runs
in-service training for its teachers to enhance their capacity thus recorded
100 per cent in the 2013/2014 Basic Education Certificate Examination.

The school which
started with less than 100 pupils in 2014 now has more than 400

pupils.

GNA

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