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Career guidance urged

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BULAWAYO provincial education deputy director Donatus Moyo says there is urgent need for school career guidance exercises to be supported by external agencies on a regular basis.

LINDA CHINOBVA
OWN CORRESPONDENT

Speaking at a career guidance and counselling seminar at Mpopoma High School on Friday, Moyo said career guidance should enable students to make the correct choices since it was intended to assist individuals throughout their lives.

“There is need for external agencies to visit schools on a regular basis and support the noble educational programme that the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education has put in place,” he said.

“It is an important programme that intends to assist individuals at any point throughout their lives to make educational choices and to manage their careers that include career information, assessment tools, counselling interviews, career education and career management.”

He said it was important to encourage children to continue with academic education as career planning tends to be a difficult process for most scholars.

“Career planning is a difficult process for scholars and it has become increasingly difficult for school leavers to be employed straight from school. It is therefore important to encourage children to acquire specific training skills through vocational training before looking for jobs,” Moyo said.

He said the career guidance policy review indicated that the development of career management skills for students was an important task for schools.

“It needs to be included in the school curriculum in the form of career education programmes with a strong experiential component,” he said.

Various organisations based in Bulawayo, including Southern Eye, Bulawayo Fire and Ambulance Services, Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights, Specis College and the National University of Science and Technology, among others, participated at the Mpopoma High School careers guidance and explained to students the various careers they offered.

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