The Ministry of Basic Education, Arts, and Culture has expressed concern over the lack of career guidance in many secondary schools throughout the country.
This concern was brought to light by Education Minister Anna Nghipondoka during a regional consultation meeting held in Otjiwarongo with school principals from the Otjozondjupa Region.
The meeting was attended by nearly 50 school principals and heads of departments.
During the meeting, Nghipondoka urged schools to organise regional career fairs on an annual basis, aiming to help students align their studies with the available employment opportunities in the market.
The minister emphasised that events like employment weeks, focusing on various sectors, allow learners to explore their interests and develop enthusiasm for specific career paths.
Nghipondoka stressed that the absence of adequate career guidance has led to many children ending up on the streets as their skills and talents are not properly recognised or nurtured.
Minister Nghipondoka highlighted that one of the major misconceptions contributing to high school dropout rates is the undue pressure placed on every child to pursue a degree.
She urged teachers and parents to prioritise technical studies for children who may not excel academically but have talents and skills in trades. This emphasis on technical education can provide better employment opportunities for those individuals.