Teach vocations earlier, says Counsellor


Chief Executive Officer of Supreme Counselling for Personal Development, Shawn Clarke has called for the island’s children to be exposed to vocational studies at the start of their secondary education, to help students not academically inclined to fit into the school system.

Chief Executive Officer of Supreme Counselling for Personal Development, Shawn Clarke

Clarke, founder of the mentoring organization that currently tends to over 700 children sent for counselling by either the school or parents because of deviant behaviour, said that too many children are force-fed academic studies despite evidence that they are not absorbing the teaching.

“You have four years of pushing academics in these young people’s face, you get them frustrated with learning, the school system, the classroom,” he told an audience of mainly parents and children in the programme, gathered yesterday at the New Testament Church, River Road, for the annual prize-giving ceremony.

The counsellor who holds a Master’s in Human Resource management, added, “then on reaching 15 or 16 years old, you try to send them into skills training, into Polytechnic, more learning, more classroom. But the child is already frustrated with anything called learning, anything called a classroom”.

He said, “We … need to start teaching our young people vocational subjects from First Form. Let’s develop craftsmen, tradesmen in this country, it is not only going to be beneficial to those young people but at the end of the day it will be beneficial to Barbados”.

Making it clear that academic learning is important, he however questioned, “is our educational system really geared towards helping our young people, we say leave no child behind, but are we working towards not leaving any of our young people behind?”

He gave an example of a young person repeating First Form for three consecutive years, and declared, “you cannot say to me that this young man is deliberately repeating First Form, or doing things to remain in first form for three years, to go through the torment, the torture and the taunting.

“Something has to be fundamentally wrong with this young man in terms of his psychological development, the way how he processes things,” Clarke asserted.

He said that while the student might not be taking in the academic teachings, he may be, “good with his hands”, but would become frustrated with the education system which, insists on “pushing the academics down his throat”.

“I think it is time that we start looking at developing the holistic child,” Clarke said.

10 Responses to Teach vocations earlier, says Counsellor

  1. Gail Agard Wallace
    Gail Agard Wallace December 18, 2016 at 3:59 pm

    And work ethic even earlier than that. ☺️☺️☺️beautiful ladies.

  2. Hewers of wood December 18, 2016 at 4:18 pm

    While you are at it teach them how to set up a business too and how to charge an honest price for their items/services, money management etc, and then teach the public to support their own people too. Then we may start to get some where. Although the inequality race is so far forward it will take generations to see improvement. The current school system is producing servants for the global plantation also known as Egypt (bondage).

  3. Hewers of wood December 18, 2016 at 4:20 pm

    Look up the inequality race on you tube and you will see what i mean.

  4. Hewers of wood December 18, 2016 at 5:15 pm

    And cut out the Stockholm syndrome too.

  5. Mike December 18, 2016 at 9:08 pm

    The educational policy makers for the past 30 years or more have been in a comatose state for too long and nobody has been willing to pull the life support plug on them. They themselves have been a bunch of failures. What a said situation we are in.

  6. Cathy Beda
    Cathy Beda December 18, 2016 at 9:49 pm

    There should be academic and vocational schools everywhere. Not every child will go to university.

    • Gail Agard Wallace
      Gail Agard Wallace December 19, 2016 at 1:11 pm

      Absolutely. Not everyone is college material. Including myself. . We are in bad need of mechanic, Plumber, and many more jobs . Not everyone can sit behind desk.

    • Maria Leclair Dasilva
      Maria Leclair Dasilva December 19, 2016 at 2:30 pm

      There is also a need for women in the trades. Women are known to make better welders due to better eye hand coordination and smaller hands for intricate details. It’s become a popular trade for many women and the make a killing.

  7. Maria Leclair Dasilva
    Maria Leclair Dasilva December 18, 2016 at 9:58 pm

    Many blue colour workers make more than university white collars. Its a myth that university graduates make a better living.

  8. F.A.Rudder December 19, 2016 at 10:21 am

    Without the blue collar worker most of the apparatus and equipment used by scientific University research and development could not be produced.


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