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Vocational education is more skillful because you study while gaining experience than academic education which only gives you theory.
(Ibra(Uganda) at February 22, 2018 11:09 am)
no because academic is more valuable because it is easy to maintain by every one but vocational education depends on some ones talent
(benon, Uganda at February 22, 2018 11:16 am)
Academic education is much more better than vocational education, because it helps you learn a unifying language like English. (clement Uganda)
(Anonymous at February 22, 2018 11:16 am)
With vocational education you quickly skills and quickly become resourceful to the society other than academic education.
(Joseph(Uganda) at February 22, 2018 11:21 am)
Vocational skills is good for a sure time. Especially to making things for the domestic use only but it is not good economically but academic skills it is for both domestic and country wide purpose and in academics we have both practical and theory work so that practical is done by hands, theory is mentally told so don’t worry which education but work hard because it is the key to success.
(benon, Uganda at February 22, 2018 12:09 pm)
No, Academic education is very much valuable because it you an overall knowledge and skills in all education areas than vocational education which limits you to only one area of study. And more so when one gets academic education, there are high chances of earning more money than the one who did vocational training.
(Matia(Uganda) at February 22, 2018 12:16 pm)
Vocational education has short programs than academic education which takes so many years.
(Ibra(Uganda) at February 22, 2018 12:21 pm)
Vocational education takes a shorter time than academic education
(Ibra(Uganda) at February 22, 2018 12:24 pm)
the fact that there’s ever increasing level of unemployment all over the globe it would be a brilliant idea for governments to adopt vocational education that would rather encourage job creation as compared to the counterpart does the reverse.
(Godffrey @ Uganda at February 22, 2018 12:33 pm)
Shouldnt we want to learn for life and not be aiming for our education to ever end?
(Anonymous at February 22, 2018 12:58 pm)
It depends on the person; some do better in the breadth and depth of thought in academia, some do better in the breadth and depth of a skill.
(Tash (USA) at February 22, 2018 1:29 pm)
Both are important. If you have the practical skills that vocational training helps, then pursue that. If you are good at book learning then do that. The world needs both types of education
(Anonymous at February 22, 2018 1:45 pm)
Hello from Morocco. I used to live in Uganda and both my parents were teachers. They taught me that education, whether it is academic or vocational, is THE most important thing. So, study hard!
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Brave brave , the best education is being able to fit in something that you got natural connections to, because thats the only way a farmer clears the land and goes through the entire process upto harvesting, the same way something connected to yourself naturality is hard to just give up on it, its the same with branding, being a doctor, a lawyer and all sorts of professions because each proffession has got its lingos and a certain sense of livity if you are to use it as a tool to success, so something connected to you naturally is always attacking you and you never feel tired of it just getting more deeper and closer to its juice glass.
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Academic studies is good because it keeps your mind busy!
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Posted by David, Uganda (Questions: 0, Answers: 8454)
Answered on February 22, 2018 12:47 pm
Academic studies may insight war because you study about the past history and which is not good because someone can grow with a bad heart to some tribes and cultures
(David (Uganda) at February 22, 2018 1:04 pm)
Vocational education is more valuable because it helps one gain skills and plans for their future since it’s your brain that leads you. (Sarah Uganda)
(Anonymous at February 22, 2018 1:04 pm)
I think you need a bit of both! Academic first to learn the basics and to find out what your options are, what you enjoy and what you’re good at. Then vocational afterwards so you can learn how to do a job really well and with proper understanding.
(Lisa UK at February 22, 2018 1:05 pm)
You need different skills, I personally believe academic centred education in certain contexts can be disconnected of social and economic realities. However, offering just certain education to some could just generate and perpetuate inequality and exclusion. The ideal education could be like a buffet where you can choose and pick what is good for you.
(Victoria Andrea Moreno at March 1, 2018 7:12 am)
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Vocational studies are good because you can easily earn some small money for yourself while learning
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Posted by David, Uganda (Questions: 0, Answers: 8454)
Answered on February 22, 2018 12:33 pm
That is good
(Anonymous at February 22, 2018 1:36 pm)
Vocational is the way to go since employers are a looking for skills you have not the number of degrees you own.
(Mawerere Brenda at March 1, 2018 7:11 am)
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Academic Studies give you the opportunity to express yourself and exposes you to different people
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Posted by Emma, Uganda (Questions: 0, Answers: 8454)
Answered on February 22, 2018 12:13 pm
Equally valuable – it is about matching peoples skills to training so that they can excel
(Lis Isreal at February 22, 2018 2:36 pm)
Equally valuable. Academic skills are like an egg, it could make many things. Vocational skills are like a hen, specific, but still very useful.
(Pete UK at February 22, 2018 2:36 pm)
In africa we have expired academic systems, education is expired here. Vocational is far better. One teacher in the class teaching 100 children. Children with different abilities, skills, understandin, different background with different perspective of education one teacher will never make it better.
(Martin Stuart Matt B Uganda at February 22, 2018 2:37 pm)
I think they both have value & should be recognized equally. They enable people to thrive by learning in a way that best suits their learning style & area of expertise/strength.
(Emma UK at February 23, 2018 7:05 am)
To a large extent vocational education is more valuable than the academic education because people who do vocational studies use the skills they learnt to be self employed and not seek for jobs, our GOvernment yearly produces people with academic papers but there are few jobs and the competition is so high. many academic graduate take long without getting jobs Vocational education are more valuable than the academic education because most vocational education focuses directly on the job that the students want but academic education has a number of subjects that the students are taught and some subjects are not relevant for the student in the future, students at an advanced level focus on a few subjects as they think about the profession they want to achieve however most academic graduates now days are doing jobs which are not of their profession. That is why the Government is emphasising a program of skilling Uganda for the youth so that more youths can be empowered with vocational skills.
(Alfred Uganda at February 23, 2018 7:06 am)
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The most important thing must be which type of education makes you curious and stretches your mind to grow – whether that is vocational, academic or a combination of the two. What can we do to create an eduation system that is inclusive, useful and interesting to everyone?
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Posted by Anonymous (Questions: 0, Answers: 8454)
Answered on February 22, 2018 12:07 pm
Limiting imaginary education and teaching things that are practical to children not history
(Kemba(Uganda) at February 22, 2018 12:46 pm)
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I think both are equally important. It is important to have knowledge for it’s own sake – philosophical and academic and also vocational depending on the individual.
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Posted by Frank, Kenya (Questions: 0, Answers: 8454)
Answered on February 22, 2018 12:03 pm
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Academic studies are a long process of education which doesn’t expose a child or a person.
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Posted by David, Uganda (Questions: 0, Answers: 8454)
Answered on February 22, 2018 11:56 am
They are all valuable though academic is more because one cannot serve in other disciplines with vocational. On the other hand, vocational gives a direct benefits to the trainees.
(Leah Uganda at February 22, 2018 12:05 pm)
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Vocational studies set someone’s future easily because academic studies are a long process where he can’t get money, instead you have to keep spending money every term.
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Posted by David (Questions: 0, Answers: 8454)
Answered on February 22, 2018 11:47 am
Is money the most important thing we are aiming for in life? What about knowledge and learning for helping us to be better people?
(Anonymous at February 22, 2018 11:52 am)
Academic are good, every child need to learn to a certain extent atleast finishing primary seven, but every child has a different ability that needs to identified or to coach. Children needs to be taught
(Martin Stuart Matt B Uganda at February 22, 2018 11:57 am)
Can someone learn and have knowledge without money so I guess money is all our aim because you like it that is what runs us daily
(Chris(Uganda) at February 22, 2018 12:20 pm)
it cant stay for long time, u can get easily but in small limited i.e. since my father begun portray its ten years but with noting like money our neighbour educated my aged son now the son is a lawyer with two cars and big house and for us we still make pot and papyrus mates and we have nothing so education is more important than vocational.
(benon, Uganda at February 22, 2018 12:32 pm)
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We are having lots of fun debating about the value of different types of education. What do you think?
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Posted by SALVE Uganda (Questions: 0, Answers: 8454)
Answered on February 22, 2018 11:45 am
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We need societies which value everyone in their particular roles. I think that the academic education carries more prestige than vocational learning and therefore it attracts more people. Some young people might also be pressured into roles they do not enjoy. It would be great if everyone can contribute in the way which suits them most.
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Posted by Vero, Jinja (Questions: 0, Answers: 8454)
Answered on February 22, 2018 11:44 am
I like hairdressing and vocational the best!
(William Uganda at February 22, 2018 11:55 am)
For me I want to be a doctor. That is the best!
(Emmanuel Uganda at February 22, 2018 11:56 am)
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Vocational Studies makes work east and not disturbing to the brain
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Posted by John, Uganda (Questions: 0, Answers: 8454)
Answered on February 22, 2018 11:43 am
vocational depends on climate, u cant make pots and lay bricks in a strong rainfall,or in drought season because they are delicate and it can lead to wasting of natural resources through daily damaging.
(benon, Uganda at February 22, 2018 12:44 pm)
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Academic Education is better because you can easily integrate very well what you have learnt looking at the procedures given that when you just go for practical skills
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Posted by David, Uganda (Questions: 0, Answers: 8454)
Answered on February 22, 2018 11:41 am
True
(William and Emmanuel Uganda at February 22, 2018 11:59 am)
please make a vision for our daily life use of vocational things leads to high spread of diseases because materials used are not safe from germs so we must be careful with them to save our life.
(benon, Uganda at February 22, 2018 12:53 pm)
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I think there is a place for both forms of learning, and there are ways in which we can combine vocational and academic learning (for example, doctors learn a vocation through academic fields and you can progress to academic engineering courses from vocational training in the field). But in general, vocational training can be the means to a sustainable income in the short term, as long as basic education (or equivalent qualifications) are completed. I know of cases where the young person has been unable to follow the vocational pathway because they lack the tools needed, but can’t get jobs elsewhere, like supermarkets, because they don’t have their end of secondary school certificate. So as there are times when people change their minds about what they want to do, we need to have education options that are flexible.
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Posted by Su (UK) (Questions: 0, Answers: 8454)
Answered on February 22, 2018 11:35 am
Is the purpose of education only to get jobs?
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In Sri Lanka, the lack of vocational training for young people is leading to a lot feeling hopeless and turning to drugs and alcohol which can really harm their futures. In Nepal, I think the lack of vocational training leads to things like child marriage, as there are very few options for young people. So i think vocational training needs much more focus from governments, and society needs to asses the value it currently places on this kind of education, leading to more people choosing vocational training. Ultimately, i think it is just as valuable as academic education, but often not seen as such, and this should change!
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Answered on February 22, 2018 10:55 am
No vocational is not more valuable. They are equal in their importance. Some people are more academically minded and suit academic subjects like maths and science while others suit hands on courses such as mechanics. I think there is definitely a need for more vocational courses to match academic ones and there should better guidance by educational institutions as to which a person should progress on to if suitable
(Hannah UK at February 22, 2018 11:41 am)
the main cause of drug abuse and early marriage is lack of children’s right which is mostly caused by illetrate parents i;e a girl is forced to be married due to lack of money and drug abuse is due to poor influence and self negract but not education please take a correct choice before u can change.
(benon, Uganda at February 22, 2018 1:12 pm)
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In the UK, we have a deficit in practical capabilities in young people. The academic system also doesn’t recognise a lot of skills which are becoming more valuable in the modern digitally influenced economy. I think an issue is the nature of the vocational skills in question. I think a lot more learning should be experience based rather than theory based. The next generation would benefit from a year in work before university even if it’s in a field they don’t want to pursue.
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Answered on February 22, 2018 10:29 am
So how can we change and better the system Arun?
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In some way, yes. Because this is age of the millennials and most of them don’t want to go to school. If there’s a way for them to excel in what they love, then why not. Either way, if you force them to through the academic education they will still go back to what they love doing
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Posted by Angie, Kenya (Questions: 0, Answers: 8454)
Answered on February 22, 2018 10:24 am
Juma from Uganda believes that striking a balance between academic and vocational education would be the most suitable strategy for the youths in most societies today. He says that it not only save time but also resources. Take for instance taking on academic education up to say senior four thereafter diverting to vocational saves a lot as compared to proceeding to advanced level then to university or tertiary institute. It also encourages job creation rather than job seeking.
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I am better at learning by doing something and experimenting. Sometimes it is much quicker to get taught on the job than go through education. But, for some people academic thinking can structure someone’s thought processes and teach them to think critically. But, if critical thinking can be taught vocationally, then vocational training is more accessible for most people and therefore is more important.
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Answered on February 22, 2018 10:10 am
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The question is unanswerable without further clarification. Some societies may have a deficit of vocational labourers, which can cause a social and financial imbalance. Likewise, a society with high levels of vocational labour may wish to move their economies towards other sectors of industry. All of this is predicated on the assumption that ‘labour’ has an intrinsic value towards society – it does not consider either what value is, nor whether the labouring individual has more right to value than his or her society
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Posted by Toby, London (Questions: 0, Answers: 8454)
Answered on February 22, 2018 9:54 am
But do we only learn to get jobs and money and to add value to society? What about adding value to ourselves?
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Neither is inherently more valuable than the other. It depends what you do with the skills you’ve learnt. Vocational skills have a more immediate use and benefit. However, different academic disciplines and discoveries can have impacts that can’t always be expected.
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Posted by Harri, Manchester (Questions: 0, Answers: 8454)
Answered on February 22, 2018 9:54 am
Yes, Vocational Education is more valuable especially in today’s society that is grappling with high levels of unemployment. Vocational Education equips students with practical skills that can enable them to be more of job makers than job seekers!
(Enock UK at February 22, 2018 11:17 am)
The world has change a lot of recent to the extent that for us here in Uganda, if you have not undergone academic education, getting a job will a big problem.(Clement Uganda)
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Academic is more valuable than vocational because if you don’t have the knowledge got through academics, you can not be able to use a cellphone,computer and many other modern items of today.(Clement Uganda)
(Anonymous at February 22, 2018 12:06 pm)
Academic helps the person to control his or her business.(clement Uganda)
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Who chooses the value? The person learning? The one teaching? The employer in future?
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Answered on February 21, 2018 6:42 pm
Academic helps someone identify his or her own talent so this makes it more valuable compared to vocational.(clement Uganda)
(Anonymous at February 22, 2018 11:39 am)
Academic is more valuable than vocational because it’s the initial starting point that leads someone to realize themselves then later on they can take up on what they love doing most in life.(Sarah Uganda)
(Anonymous at February 22, 2018 11:42 am)
Academic helps you learn a lot of things about nature and how we exist, but vocational is limited in their study area.( Clement Uganda)
(Anonymous at February 22, 2018 11:49 am)
Kodet from Uganda disagrees by saying that academic education enables one to secure a high paying job on completion of studies
(kodet from Uganda at February 22, 2018 12:00 pm)
Vocational education is more valuable especially in today’s Society that is grappling with high levels of unemployment. Vocational education equips students with practical skills that can enable them to be more of job makers not job seekers
(Omo martin (Uganda) at February 22, 2018 3:59 pm)
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Here in Uganda people look down on vocational as lesser than academic and yet many people go to university just to sit at home. Why can’t we create more of a mixed education with both skills for the future?
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Answered on February 21, 2018 4:13 pm
University makes us grow as people and expand our brains. Vocational is only aiming to expand the pockets
(Mr cool at February 21, 2018 6:41 pm)
Both are important! Everyone is different and some are more suited to vocational than academics! However all students should be encouraged to learn the basics to the best of their abilities!
(Gillian UK at February 22, 2018 11:34 am)
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For me I don’t believe in school education. We train children to be robots and we are forgetting the practical skills of our elders as we sit in classrooms repeating facts that are often questionable anyway!
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Posted by Mark Ireland (Questions: 0, Answers: 8454)
Answered on February 21, 2018 3:58 pm
This new generation when we carry out vocation education is not good to the new generation. This time we use fridges instead of pots and nobody will afford a pot instead of a fridge so let us move with the generation. First of all, modern houses are make out of glasses and metals. You can not make a metal using vacation skills. But you can only study through education how to mix minerals from making metals and glasses. transport section, we are no longer using foots we are using modern vehicles which needs academic skills.
(benon, Uganda at February 22, 2018 11:59 am)
I agree with you mark because whatever the children learn is history and all children learn on assumption and imagination
(Solo (Uganda) at February 22, 2018 12:26 pm)
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All education has value and we should be happy to learn and grow
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Answered on February 21, 2018 3:56 pm
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Not more value but equally valuable. We need to look at what skills are needed in each economy and shape education to match needs. Some people succeed with academic training whilst vocational training is better for others – don’t look for a one size fits all solution
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Posted by Lis UK (Questions: 0, Answers: 8454)
Answered on February 4, 2018 4:49 pm
William in Uganda, believes that vocational is more valuable because you don’t spend a lot of money and its takes a short time. Importantly one graduates and starts to work there and then compared to academic where people spend a lot of money and even end up with no job.
(William(Uganda) at February 22, 2018 12:59 pm)
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