It is generally assumed that a good primary and secondary education prepares students for the hardships and challenges of working life. The establishment of a schedule, the development of time management, and the growth of discipline that it is said to provide us with, are all essential skills that are needed to maintain a successful career.
But if school is so crucial for preparing you for a career, then why is it so essential in today’s world to further your skillset through further studies once you have been granted your grade 12 certificate?
South Africa is a country that is reeling with unemployment, making the job market all the more competitive. Yet, if school is not enough to prepare you for a worthwhile job; then how successful can we claim our education system to be in the first place?
There are a lot of reasons why school is inadequate when it comes to preparing you for the workplace; some of them are long-standing, while the others are a fairly new phenomenon.
The general degradation of educational quality
Perhaps one of the biggest hits that our education system has taken over the past few years, has come in the form of the gradual lessening of educational quality. Public school syllabuses have been changed radically over the last 12 years, both to incorporate new perspectives, and to give students a chance at success.
One of the unfortunate side-effects of this is the lessening of intensity and difficulty behind students’ work, making it easier for them to graduate with little effort.
The inability to provide educational services
Challenges with regards to professional teaching skills development and infrastructure, as well as socio-economic issues such as poverty, have made the delivery of quality education throughout South Africa all but impossible.
A lack of text-books, skilled educators and basic needs such as classrooms and toilets have made the delivery of skills, especially in rural areas, somewhat of a disaster. It has only been through public benefit organisations and funding schemes that many of these underdeveloped schools have been able to provide even the simplest of training programmes to students.
Lowering the bar
When I was in school, a minimum of 50% was required to graduate or to be promoted to the next level, now, with many challenges facing the overall pass-rate of grade 12 South Africans, the bar is consistently lowering. This means that school-leavers are searching for jobs even though they have not been outfitted with the necessary skills, making the job market even more difficult to get into.
What school hasn’t taught you
There are many important life skills that for some reason, schools make no attempt to tackle in its long, 12-year process. Skills like money management, working with taxes, banks and bonds, and even something as simple as developing critical thinking skills are almost completely overlooked by most schools, even though they are essential to living a successful life in adulthood.
Achieving further skill development
If your time at school has left you feeling a little underwhelmed, why not consider furthering your skillset with the financial support and assistance of an organisation that is willing to invest in your future. Visit the Tiso Skills Fundwebsite today for more details.