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Vocational colleges broaden future prospects for learners

Vocational colleges broaden future prospects for learners

Staff Reporter

Many learners, particularly those in grade 11, still believe that the failure to qualify for Advanced Subsidiary (AS) levels translates to an overall failure, with little to no career prospects – which is often not the case.

The principal of Jakob Marengo Secondary School, Edo Triumph, highlighted this on Friday at the school’s career day, which was held to debunk the narrow, problematic belief and to broaden learners’ understanding about what is possible if they do not advance to AS levels.

“Most of them don’t even know that there are other options or career paths. So, it’s just the belief that without University education, that is the end. But if you look at the country in general, there’s a need for vocational education. There’s a need for people who can drive the industries,” Triumph said.

Besides this, he said, some learners are also unaware that they can get funding to study at many institutions.

He explained that the school thus saw it fit to host the career day to inform learners about career and funding options – and to give them practical guidance about how to go about choosing a career according to their passions and the needs of the national and international market.

“What we did is that we brought together various institutions, vocational colleges, professional colleges, universities to come and really enlighten the students to see that there are various options that are open to them,” he added.

The school has had career fares in the past, but according to Triumph, this year’s fare is different – not only because of the specific objective, but also because it was organised in a way that limits academic disruptions.

In the past, he explained, institutions would host separate career fares, which meant that the school had to sacrifice many school days to allow learners to attend the various fares. However, this year, the school brought various institutions together for the career fare, meaning that they only had to sacrifice one day.

This, he said, is more effective as schools are not in positions to sacrifice too many academic days, given the fact that the syllabi need to be completed within a given period. For example, he explained that his school has to complete the grade 11 syllabus before 25 August as mock examinations are scheduled to start on that date in the Khomas Region.

The various institutions that were represented at the fare provided the learners with presentations, explaining the courses, qualifications, requirements and admission procedures. The Institute for Open Learning (IOL) and the International University of Management (IUM) are some of the institutions that were present at the fare.

Several learners said that the institution’s presentations opened their minds to new possibilities and gave them new insight about how to go about achieving their career goals.

One of these learners is Loide Paulus, who intends to pursue a certificate in Early Childhood Development (ECD) at IOL because she wants to teach and mould young minds.

Another learner, Hilde Hango (19), also said that the fare empowered her as it informed her about how to achieve her dream of becoming a teacher so that she can share information with the younger generations.

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