I would agree that students should be encouraged to work part-time to a certain
extent. Of course primary school pupils should not be allowed to work at all. As
for secondary, and even tertiary students, working part-time should be allowed
only during holidays. Working during weekends is not realistic as it would
impact their studies.
Firstly, times are
bad. Working part-time during holidays would earn students some extra pocket
money that will come in handy. Even if they
use their pay to buy the latest model of a handphone or some branded shirts,
they are at least not burdening their parents. This would definitely ease the
financial stress at home. They would definitely learn how difficult it is to
make money. As a result, they may appreciate their parents more. They may even
be more careful with their money.
Secondly, working part-time would give invaluable experience to students.
Working at fast food outlets and as sales representatives or tutors would expose
them to the real world. They would have to develop communicative skills and
learn to deal with people. This is something money cannot buy. Working long
hours for their pay may even make them value the importance of education,
especially a higher education.
Critics may argue that working part-time may result in the young mixing with
unsavory company. On the other hand, we
cannot be always protecting our young.
Furthermore, many students have too much free time in their hands, especially
during holidays. They just idle their time away. Moreover, students learn to
cope with stress and pressure not just from demanding bosses and unfriendly
colleagues, but also from their holiday assignments and projects. Students who
work part-time will definitely learn a lot about time management and
In short, working part-time can be very fulfilling, but priorities must be
clear. Students must be able to balance work and studies. The objective must
still be studies first.