Long Live The Farce Called JSS/SSS!

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!

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2 thoughts on “Long Live The Farce Called JSS/SSS!

  1. Nana,
    I am not a product of this stream so I am cautious about my comments. My opinion is that I doubt if even 30% of schools implemented the scheme the way it was meant to be. Many of the failures of the system are attributed to the partial implementation of the scheme and the resource inadequacies.

    All my siblings after me used this system and they are better endowed in other skills than I am. I think if properly implemented like in the private schools, it gets the child to think of alternatives other than the O & A Level system which also has its positives and negatives.

    I think rather than ‘rubbish’ this system, it will be prudent to investigate what has worked, what has not worked so well and what to do differently. Honestly, I think as a country we hardly do this. We are quick to throw out the old one and implement a new one without quite assessing the old one. We start the new one and the same challenges or similar ones rear their heads.

    It will be interesting to read an assessment on the current system to serve as a basis for critic and improvement.

  2. I agree with Veronica. The new system has its merits. The prudent thing to do is to find out where we’ve gone wrong and improve. Is it infrastructure, teaching methods, lack of educational materials, inadequate salaries for teachers, lack of parental supervision or what? A whiolistic approach is called for.

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