(08/09/2018)Given high unemployment rate, it is recommended that the government only provide primary education and no secondary education. What do you think?
It is argued by a few against the backdrop of the joblessness situation faced by many countries, secondary education should be removed from orthodox curriculum. I am thoroughly against this notion.
Firstly, halting the provision of secondary education could hinder the opportunity for further education, which might even worsen the unemployment issue. This level of schooling acts as a transitional phase as students are taught prerequisite skills and knowledge to flourish in university education, students would merely have basic knowledge of surrounding things and fail to have solid foundation knowledge to get themselves ready for specializing in a certain field at university. This then makes students end up taking low-paid jobs or even being unemployed as many jobs currently require a high degree of knowledge.
The argument that the supply of only primary-level education and total elimination of secondary one is a solution in the context of a high unemployment rate appears to be attractive to a certain extent. As argued, huge amounts of budget can be economized as there is no longer the need for hiring teachers, constructing schools or other exorbitant overhead costs, and they can be allocated to the creation of more jobs. Also, in some countries most secondary students drop out of their school despite the support they receive from the government as they have no interest for schooling. However, I would argue that an investment in education is a long-term goal, and the costs expended are well worth the employment opportunities that students would gain later as mentioned earlier; in addition, drop-out rate can be minimized by a more scientific curriculum that should focus more on job orientation and practical experience rather that mere theory.
In conclusion, due to the unparalleled merits that secondary education brings to the society, it is ungrounded to propose that this level of schooling should be made unavailable in combating rising unemployment rate.