By Amadu Kamil Sanah,
Accra, Feb. 12, GNA - Foundation for Generational Thinkers (FOGET), a non-profit youth-oriented organisation in collaboration with the Ghana National Association of Private Schools (GNAPS) have held a career guidance and counselling session for final year Junior High School (JHS) students.
The session enabled the students to make right choices of courses to be studied in the Senior High school.
The programme dubbed: “PASSCODE 2019”, was held for over 40 schools and more than 800 students from Greater Accra Zone ‘5’.
PASSCODE is an annual seminar organised on career counselling for Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) candidates to “unveil the secret of career excellence to them.
Prosper Dan Afetsi, the President of FOGET advised the students to put into consideration their needs in making career choice.
Mr Afetsi who was speaking on the topic: “Unlocking the greatness within you to impact generations,” however said, since technology is now dictating the pace of employment, students must be careful with the kind of courses they go in to study.”
He said, in few years to come, many jobs like accounting, marketing, customer service and many others will become obsolete.
Mr Afetsi stated that despite all the changing phenomena, Ghana’s education system was not being dynamic enough to respond effectively and efficiently to the evolution.
He said: “In few years to come some jobs will become obsolete and they will be no more in existence. Unfortunately, our education system continues to create more unemployment.
“Our educational system is not helping us to create jobs, but rather to search for jobs and that system is not helping us to develop our talents”.
The FOGET President cautioned the students against selecting a life career outside their passion, as they could only put out their best when they were comfortable and believed in themselves.
Joseph Neequaye, the Chairman of GNAPS-Greater Accra Zone ‘5’ and Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) Coordinator for Private schools, said, BECE was the crossing bridge for JHS students to climb up the education ladder.
He said most private schools draw their strength from the performance of their students and it was time that the BECE scope was broaden beyond guiding students to write and pass examinations.
Mr Neequaye said helping students to understand what was ahead of them after the BECE was as important as preparing them for the basic examination.
He urged parents to make time for their wards and take the efforts to study and understand their children’s weakness and capabilities in order to guide them with the selection of courses to be undertaken in the Senior High School.
Mr Michael Ackwerh, FOGET’s Programme and Media Coordinator, on his part, called for rejuvenation of the counselling units of schools, since most of the students seem to be confused on the kind of courses to pursue to earn their dream careers.GNA