I think skill acquisition majorly works fine for empowerent so that students can find extra sources of income. But in the case where a lot of people are learning similar things, the frequency of that income becomes limited by competition.
However, it is important to note that skill acquisition should only be secondary to the primary aims of the student in te school. Students are primarily in school to obtain knowledge, training and skill in a particular field, and thus the education board should rather focus on ensuring those students graduate with the best trainings possible to make them successful and innovative in that field.
Skill acquisition thus can be conflicting to the progress of the student in his field of study, but I also think that it is fair to provide students with an extra lifeline, especially since it's looking rather difficult to fix the educational system.