The JSS/SSS is a complete failure, and the earlier we admitted that as a nation and stopped this farce, the better it will be for salvaging the education of the future generation. One of the cornerstones of the educational reform was to vocational training in addition to mainstream theoretical courses.
At the beginning of the journey downhill, some workshops were built in some schools. 20 or so years later, ask if any of these workshops that were supposed to teach the students vocational skills exist or are still being built.
How could one ever think that LA Middle School ‘B’ which later became Bassanyin III Model JSS could train students the same way thatAggreyMemorialSecondary schooltaught students in Form 1 to 3? 20 years later, nothing has changed. Sorry, there has been change – for the worse. Universities realised the watering down of secondary education and extended 3 year course to 4 years to compensate.
With the JSS system, young boys and girls come out of JSS at around 14 years, neither young or old, and with no skills, and with low grades so can’t continue. Enter the phenomenon of streetism. And selling of dog chains. And PK chewing gum. Middle-income parents who can afford it are taking their children through the O and A Levels still.
Who are we kidding? Sadly, the Emperor is naked and the little boy who is to shout to bring us all to reality is naked himself. Long live the farce!