A famous secondary school tutor at the Osei Tutu Senior High, Sir Newton Kwasi Agbotsey is arguing for a halt in extra classes which students engage in when they are on break from school or on vacation.
He argues that such break for students should be used to teach and train them on skills acquisition so their minds can function well.
We publish the views of the tutor in full;
My take on vacation classes…
Newton Kwasi writes…
It is about time we stopped our teenage learners on vacation from acquiring cognitive knowledge during what we call “vacation classes “.
I think this should be the time we have to let them acquire some skills or psychomotor training such catering services (type of dishes preparation, bread making, pastries making etc), hair making, carpentry, potry(crafts), bead making, tailoring etc..
The cognitive knowledge combined with the psychomotor skills will make them fit well into our current economy.
The economy of the state is now built on production and manufacturing thereby making the acquisition of cognitive knowledge (“book knowledge) more or less useless, creating huge unemployment gap among the youth.
Many of our thousands of youths in GHANA are jobless after acquisition of Secondary education or university Education which in most cases literature based not skilled based.
The few that are employed are disguisely employed, they don’t add any value or their input in the organization doesn’t reflect in the output micro economy of the organization.
In the next few months , thousands of graduates will be leaving our universities without any skills or psychomotor training , and they will all be chasing the few white colour jobs.
Those unengage will sit at home jobless. Will they be jobless if they had a skilled of bakery, fashion, catering etc ?
Let us prepare our children, young ones for the future, let them acquire a composite knowledge of skills training and cognitive knowledge.
As they acquire the congnitive in our school period , we should also let them acquire some skills when they are on vacation.