At the time, admitting a child to a sixth-grade center was the dream of all parents; and the goal of every high school student.
However, this is no longer the case.
Nowadays, most students, despite being overqualified, opt for technical colleges where the minimum entry requirement is two to four O levels.
One reason is monetary, while another is to have an easier curriculum.
What I have noticed is that over the past seven years there has been an upward trend among six to seven grade O students attending grade six centers to pass the time up to what they get their acceptance letters to technical colleges.
Some students are even prepared to give up nearly two years of pre-university education, when they are a few weeks away from taking their GCE A-Level exams, to go to technical school.
I think these technical colleges should not hire students who are currently undertaking A level studies, in order to meet their quotas. As a result of these âgood studentsâ entering vocational schools, applicants who barely meet the entry requirements are at a disadvantage, as they are forced to compete with those who perform much better at level O.
On the other hand, there are students who are confident that they will do well on their A-level exams, but opt ââfor technical colleges for fear of rejecting a letter of offer.
If a student is qualified for A level education, he must continue it. Sixth form education is a training ground for character building; if students can survive A level education, they can survive anything.
Students at a technical college were recently interviewed by the media about their goals in life.
Surprisingly, all of them intended to continue their education at the university level upon completion.
According to Christoph Guttentag, Dean of Undergraduate Admissions at Duke University in the United States, the Cambridge program is “superb preparation for college,” which fits our Department of Education‘s vision of a “quality education, dynamic nation”.
One of the many lessons learned from the impact of COVID-19 on the economy and society is that our country needs as many skilled professionals as we can produce to manage future crises.