When I was in high school, there was a popular myth: If you are good at mathematics, then you should pursue engineering, if you are good at Biology then you should become a doctor.
Are these 2 the only career streams worth taking? Do engineers perform complex transformation, calculus and numerous calculations every day on the job? Nor do doctors spend all day going through the microscope and fat books.
We Indians spend so much time, effort & money in getting the child educated, but very little in making them aware of the options available and understanding their aptitude.