New schemes in the education sector titillate the curiosity of most of us. This time, in the limelight is the HSC Professional (HSC Pro) project which is mostly career-oriented. The high rate of unemployment may be pointing at another underlying problem in our society which is the wrong channelling of our students concerning choice of subjects which, later on, has repercussions on their job opportunities. The HSC Professional will run as a pilot project. It is to be undertaken with the aim to curbing unemployment in the country, by tackling the problem nearer to the the root.
According to Lucien Finette, the HSC Professional is tantamount to the HSC Academic. Workshops with experts from Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) have been organised to steer progress ahead, by evaluating the options open to the students who have shown interest in the project. 250 students from a total of 12 colleges – RTSS, Saint Mary’s College, MGSS of Solferino, Keats College, Loretto of Mahébourg, Sookdeo Bissoondoyal College, New Educational College, Manilall Doctor SSS, Universal College, Goodlands SSS and Le Chou College, Rodrigues – are going to be subjects for the pilot program, which will kick-start in 2015 and end in 2016.
Mauritian students are going to focus on information technology which is an ever-expanding field in the country. As for their Rodrigues counterparts, they have chosen agriculture. The General Paper has been replaced by the Global Perspectives, which has both written and oral sections. The aim is to empower the students with oratory skills which are required to go through the first stage of job seeking – the interview. Additionally, an introdution to history and business studies have been included in the curriculum of the HSC Pro. Also, the students will have to go through a training for around 2 to 4 weeks the holidays, supervised by officers from the Mauritius Institute of Training and Development (MITD).