A Call For Vocational Education

Education nowadays is more focused on academic achievements that people forgot how it is to do things on their own. It is now a common practice to hire someone for manual labor such as fixing a simple electrical problem, fixing a tap that has been leaking and cleaning up a blocked drain. Home owners are used to hiring electricians and plumbers even in small jobs that require no special skills. These skills are the very reason the government is calling for more vocational education. Though there are people that can be hired for such services, it is good to have these special skills taught in schools.

Manual jobs are given less and less appreciation especially in the Indian society where it is thought to be the sort of jobs suited for people who have achieved less in academic or those dropouts. High dignity is now acquainted to academic achievements and is a clear way of discrimination. This type of expectation must be reflected upon and students must be taught the value of manual jobs and the skills that go with it. Despite the large number of graduates, many are unemployed yet there is a huge deficit in skill jobs. The mindset that there are high dignity and low dignity jobs have driven people from learning these special skills and entering this kind of work.

Because of the pressure set upon the students by their parents and peers, they prefer engineering and management courses over those courses that enhance their skills as a carpenter or a mechanic. These kinds of pressures are keeping a person from learning something and developing any inborn talents. A degree is now given more reverence over a diploma making it a goal for every student. The downside of labelling these two are the standards set. Diplomas are given to those that undergo vocational trainings and perceived to be done by low achievers or the less fortunate.

Vocational education must be made mandatory especially for higher classes in order to produce skilled workforce. The distinction set between academic achievements and vocational skills must be changed and set to work together in order to produce a work force that has a premium academic achievement and the necessary skills to meet industry requirements. Emphasizing vocational learning will open up the mind of students to other options.

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