Secondary education in Cyprus
Although secondary education should be the first to adapt to socioeconomic changes, educational models and programmes still need to evolve.
Currently, the educational curriculum of secondary education in Cyprus consists of three grades of high school and three grades of lyceum. Students acquire general education aimed at promoting and developing a healthy, intelligent, moral personality, further preparing them for their academic or vocational orientation.
Students must select a group of orientation courses during the third grade. More specifically, in the middle of the year. With this formatting, we understand that students at the age of 14-15 years are pushed to know which group subjects they will choose while providing them a ticket to claim a place, four years later, in one of the higher education institutions in Cyprus or abroad.
Yes! It's almost scary and more so for the parents. It is hard for a teenager with so many influences from the environment and such rapid technological developments happening to be able to choose a profession that will be enjoyable and suitable for the rest of their life.
In upper secondary school ( lyceum), students in the first year follow a standard curriculum, choosing two immersion subjects that belong to one of the four groups of orientation courses. In this way, they choose the orientation group, leading them to the related course of study in the second and third classes.
In short, students will be asked to choose an occupation based on the choice of courses given to them from the age of 15. For these reasons, apart from a proper career orientation, students should broaden their preferences from an early age.
How to do it?
By building a high academic background! Parents should help the teenager to realize their weaknesses, if any, and try to cover them through remedial courses. Feeling satisfied that they can meet the objectives of all school subjects, teenagers can choose the subjects they find interesting and lead them on the right pathway.
Also, choosing a profession, because this is what it is all about, at such a young age, requires maturity.
The abundance of well-being enjoyed through giving-parents and the intervention they receive from the Internet every day from a very young age are also the causes that are likely to delay the development of critical thinking and the correct perception of the needs of modern society.
A parent who assumes the role of a guide or mentor in a teenager's life should keep up-to-date with the challenges of the new age. He should not be biased because of his mistakes and experiences but should encourage the young person's efforts to discover themselves and their interests. Stress the importance of extracurricular activities such as learning a musical instrument, dance, art, a sport, or a foreign language.
Whatever the extracurricular activities are can be an essential factor in the maturation of a person and the creation of a moral and strong personality.