Unemployment these days is becoming the new normal as graduates from various tertiary institutions find it difficult to find employment.
This has actually led to a group by name Unemployed Graduates Association. But this association started out of something we wouldn’t consider essential.
A counselor has given exclusive account about how unemployed association starts.
According to Fenyi, JHS graduates are unguided in choosing a course of study at the secondary level
Read full accounts below;
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 unguided 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 the Unemployed Graduates Association, fake Pastors and whack politicians. This exercise accounts for Ghana’s grossly retarded development pace.
As Counsellor Daniel Fenyi, 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 a 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.
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