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Let The Kids Have The Last Say

07 January 2014, 14:32

Now that the matric results are out, there are those learners who did exceptionally well and are on their way to tertiary institutions to further their education. While I congratulate them for a job well done, let me highlight that I think the teachers, parents and government contribute to student's failure at tertiary level.

Isn't it ironic that pupils pass matric with flying colours, but find themselves struggling to pass at tertiary level? The reason is simple:  most pupils' fields of study are chosen by their parents or teachers.

The government and big corporations give bursaries only to students pursuing science-related careers and those studying law, business or the humanities are mostly overlooked.

In most cases, you find that the pupils who are given bursaries are not even passionate about their careers but are circumstantially obliged to study for that.

Yes, as a developing country, we need engineers, pilots, doctors and other science professionals, but we can't all be scientists.

Pupils must be allowed to choose for themselves so that we avoid a situation in which they end up doing a job they are not fond of. Peace of mind comes when I wake up and go to work every morning to do what I like, not necessarily what gives me more money.

Most pupils are being urged to follow certain careers because those careers pay well, forgetting that a career that's not enjoyable can't be beneficial. There is nothing wrong with advising a pupil on a career, but let's allow the kids to have the final say.

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