I agree. Education should not just be limited to knowledge hoarding but actually learning, understanding & applying the knowledge. Unfortunately, the current system we have promotes many students (pressured by their families and sometimes even teachers) to just gather knowledge for the sake of passing their O/L & A/L examinations rather than learning so that they can apply it someday in their lives.
A common complaint I've heard from many students is "I'm studying all these things... but I'm never going to use it in my future because this is not relevant to my future goals". This statement is unfortunately agreed to by many adults who have studied under our current system. When asked for what a solution could be - they are all under the impression that there is none since this is the way education is.
There has to be a way to provide education that is relevant to ALL students - not just the students who are academically capable - but also the students who are more gifted in other areas such as music, art, mechanical skills rather than just studying (which encourages such children in their education rather than discouraging them by making them feel like what they're learning doesn't matter for their future).
I've been looking into different education systems and I've come across the Finnish education system & Swiss education system. They are rather different from the model we follow. These systems allow students to identify their skills early on in life and with parental as well as teacher guidance, choose secondary school education that would be more relevant for their individual abilities & career goals.
They also emphasize on value education early on in a child's life (during kindergarten/primary) and their approach towards education is more practical (where application of knowledge is emphasized) rather than making education largely theoretical (as it is in our system). This system would bridge the gap between students we have produced in our current system who are "book smart" but lacking in required practical skills for life or even their area of future employment.
The Swiss & Finnish method of testing and evaluation is also a better model in my opinion as it is a more accurate evaluation of the progression of a child's education based on their actual skills & abilities rather than using one standardized examination (O/L & A/L exams) to evaluate and test every child regardless of the category they fall under : academically competent or competent in other areas.
I have observed that this is not fair for children who are highly gifted in non academic fields as we are forcing them to conform to an evaluation that they are most likely to fall short of or fail. This unfortunately robs our nation from the talents & giftings of these children. I've observed that such children who have enormous potential (if provided proper training in their skills from a younger age), end up getting discouraged due to the lack of opportunities for them to receive such training or validation of their skills (due to the mindset of many in our nation that you are a failure if you do not succeed in achieving high grades in O/L or A/L). Of course this is not the case for those who are wealthy as they can afford to go to private institutions to receive training if they are more skilled non academically - but the majority of these children who do not come from such a wealthy background are at a great disadvantage. They most likely end up following a career path just to earn an income when they should be using their talents and skills to add to our nation.
If someone from the education ministry could look in to the Swiss & Finnish model of education, the feasibility of applying a similar system in our nation, I believe it would benefit our children & the nation greatly.
Here are some links to articles regarding the Finnish education system :
Here is a report on the Swiss education system: