Today is my daughter’s Career Orientation Day. I attended the event and was briefed by the various subject experts regarding the new subjects to be added as electives for the coming 9th Grade.
My daughter’s school follows the British Curriculum and I am a bit confused because it’s very different from the Philippines. I remember having Chemistry and Geometry in my regular subjects. In my daughter’s school, they are not mandatory and are part of the electives.
The students are given 3 subjects in a group of 5. Group A is for those who would like to pursue a career in the Science areas like hospital administration, nursing, medicine, pharmacist, psychology. Group B is for Commerce which will give opportunities in the business, marketing, banking and finance fields. The next group, C, is a mix of business and the science. The other group has sociology, environmental issues and business and lastly, Group E is like Political Science in the Philippines. Here, they will tackle on Global Perspective and issues, some business matters and Science.
They will have to choose another elective subject like French, Arabic, English as second language, Travel and Tourism. Mandatory subjects still includes English, Math, Life Skills, Regular Arabic, Social Studies and a choice between Information and Communication Technology or Computer Studies and English or English as second language. Both have qualifying exams so my daughter has to decide which one she wants to take and pursue.
These courses will pave way for the future she wants to make for herself. My husband and I already sat with her and gave our opinions. We asked her what she wanted to be. We also asked her if she would be committed to excel on the choices she would take and make because this is it and no turning back. They are not allowed to change their choice once they submit for registration. It’s like a mini-college already.
I think that kind of setting where the kids can choose their chosen field as early as 8th Grade is a good way to save money and time. At least, my daughter does not have to take the mandatory Biology/Chemistry/Physics subjects back in the Philippines if she is not pursuing the field of Science anyway. I don’t have to pay for university credits for subjects that will not even have an impact on her chosen career path. The only concern I have is that when my daughter continues her studies in the Philippines. She will be missing a lot of mandatory, albeit unnecessary, subjects back home. I hope the universities back home will credit her subjects from Grade 9 up to Grade 10/11.
Oh well, I hope my daughter will choose the field that is right for her and the one that she truly likes to do and will enjoy to take. Good luck to her. This is the moment she will be responsible for the choice she will make because it will be the “thing” that can “make or break” her future. But we will be by her side as she takes her journey to the secondary level in school.