Kenya – Parents should stop forcing their children to study certain courses

Stories about how my friends came to attend certain courses vary greatly. Most parents, guardians, counselors and teachers say they have chosen them.

There is nothing wrong with helping teens make healthy career choices, but some parents determine their children’s career choices.

When most of us are exploring the world, some parents have already decided what they want us to be.

The most compulsory courses for parents are medicine, nursing, and engineering.

Such parents believe that these teachings bring more respect and order to society than to art – film, music, dance and other performing arts.

Some students say that they are forced to take courses that are in line with family history. For example, a friend of mine wanted to study journalism because she was so passionate about it.

Parents did not allow him, and with her father, medicine, like her eldest son, she had to follow in his footsteps.

Sadly, she dropped out of medical school for the second year in a row but could not attend school. It is unfair for parents to force their children on a career. Their children forget why they chose a career in the first place. For example, if a person has a phobia of blood, it is cruel for parents to prescribe medication for such a child for his or her own sake. Or when someone is forced to become a teacher, he suffers terribly.

Parents should stop forcing their children to pursue a career. Help them make informed choices but do not force your desires on them. The courses and careers they attend affect their lives forever and it is only right to let them choose their destiny.

It is easy to keep up with the pressure to pursue a career. The country needs all kinds of professionals – journalists, builders, dancers, producers, farmers, cleaners, cooks, pilots, among others. With labor and hard work, all jobs are on the market. Please allow us to take responsibility for our professions.

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