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The President of the Ghana Home Economics Association (GHEA), Dr. Enyonam Kudonoo, has called on parents and management of second cycle institutions to encourage the youth to study Home Economics.

According to her, some people look down on the subject with the wrong perception that students who pursue it are those who did not perform well at the Basic Education Level, and therefore study the course in order to have some form of secondary school education.

She lamented that those who read Home Economics at all levels are not given the same treatment as those who read other courses because of the view that it is less academically endowed, hence the need to sensitize the public on the importance of Home Economics courses and the Home Economics profession.


Challenges

Speaking to the Daily Graphic last Thursday, Dr. Kudonoo stated that people perceived Home Economics as a course, which is about cooking, sewing and maintaining the Home. She however, debunked this perception by stating that Home Economics was deeper and wider than cooking, sewing, and maintaining the home and drew from a range of disciplines to explain that Home Economics helps to achieve optimal and sustainable living standards for individuals, families and communities.

Dr. Kudonoo said Home Economics was a science and an art and by implication, was an academic discipline and a curriculum area connected to everyday living in households and wider societal arenas. She indicated that, the details of the Home Economics academic discipline entailed project management, entrepreneurship and small business development, personal finance, child development and guidance, and consumer education among many others.


Pure Science

Dr. Kudonoo stated that to read Home Economics at the tertiary level, one needed to have read two pure science subjects, preferably biology, and chemistry. She therefore suggested that management of senior high schools (SHS) and Ministry of Education should include these two pure science subjects in the existing package that come with the reading of Home Economics at the SHS level in order to prepare them adequately for tertiary education.

In addition, Dr. Kudonoo suggests that parents should encourage their children to read the course for healthy and sustainable nationwide family living. She stressed that the objectives of "introducing Home Economics into the school curriculum was to prepare individuals to establish families that build and maintain systems of action which lead to self-development and self-actualization, enlightening cooperative participation, analyzing and formulating social goals and means of accomplishing them."