Jubilation That Yields No Results

Siboniso Mawandla | The Republic Mail

There have been several attempts and emphases to address the frequently perceived deterioration in our system of education in the country, writes Lyrics Mazibuko

And put simply, education has proved to be the only dependable catalyst for economic growth and development, as it enables people from various walks of life to acquire the essentials of malleability, flexibility and adaptability of the human mind from time immemorial.

As a country we have enough diagnostic approaches geared towards analyzing the near demise, if not a total collapse of our education system. Yet in more respects than one, we seem to lack a good measure of pragmatism to curb us from this pandemonium, and other factors characterizing our state of education. Furthermore, we seem to lack the capacity to objectively assess the true state of our plight as people in the kind malady that grips our education system to date.

The temporary and self-delusion we seem to relish in the nature and state of decay in our education system, is reminiscent of the proverbial ‘fool’s paradise’, as we seem to be told what we want to hear, rather than seeing things in their actual perspective.

Through unemployment rate which give birth to crime, inequality and all sorts of violence are created by this systematic discrimination.

The 2016 matric results in our country are a case in point: Third of the metrics (75%) won’t be going to varsity because of two quintessentially crucial elements: exposure or perhaps the dissemination of information particularly to the indigent communities and most importantly due to lack of funding from the dominated black communities. The paradox and irony of our education systems or administers thereof individually and cumulatively have failed the nation.

I say this succinctly and with no ambiguity, perhaps I should extrapolate my nebulous assertion by posing rhetorical questions to decipher this conundrum:  How can people coming from an education institution like high school lack a simply relevant information as to how to apply and access universities if we really treat education as a basic fundamental and serious about change? Why wouldn’t we have an integrated system to help both kids from primary school migrating to high schools and equally so high schools helping learners regarding university?

Let me indulge you a bit:  there’s never a situation in the country in the public schooling where someone from primary can’t go to high school because they don’t have money and information precisely because of the immense-integrated support the department and other support structures which are geared towards the realization of an educated state.

But why wouldn’t high school adopt the same stunt in preparation our learners for varsity. It is indeed worrisome seeing the new trend of the education which is more about class which is demonstrable by exorbitant funds which varsities charges, perhaps I’m under the illusion that education has no class and subsequently it should hinge on the dichotomy of these factors: academically and financially deserving individuals.

There’s a proliferation of ridiculous amounts charged by varsities which renders most of the indigent to remain poor and chances are that there will never escape the circle of poverty without education because the entrepreneurial aspect is not exploited in this country. Which such ethos and demeanor internally agitates my sanity which makes me wonder if education is about class or empowerment, willingness and basic need as our constitution puts it. We’ve seen higher tuition varsities charges systematically deprive and perpetually alienating the previously disadvantaged grouping their right to education- constitution stipulates “the doors of learning shall open’’.

The whole rhetoric around NASFAS capacity is being overthrown and regurgitated. Hence, we are told that NASFAS is not enough to capacitate both financially and academically deserving individuals. Ultimately, the system renders many underprivileged and less fortunate to be consolidated into the system through channels of education.

The lack of capacity from NASFAS, systematically and categorically leads to the proliferation of the triple threat we intractable with which is:  unemployment, inequality and poverty.

The exacerbation of this pandemonium should However be borne in mind that the triple threat by default will give birth to other social ills such as; crime, drugs, teenage pregnancy…and other social ills which weigh in on our lives daily and broadly cripples the sinking economy of ours.

The choice of careers is a result of upbringing which is quiet prevalent in this country that most black indigent people always go for more social related careers which do not pay that much or paying peanuts for a job that requires one to submerge his/her life into it and subsequently the nature of those jobs makes it twice as hard for one to change their standard of living.

In fact, for one to maintain their lifestyle at least they need to be indebted so at least they pay for a bond, car and of course family maintenance which include a long list of siblings, cousins and extended family members who are dependent on us once we start working. Hence, the small proportion of our salaries we receive predicts that we can never break out of the shackles of poverty.

Hence, the small proportion of our salaries we receive predicts that we can never break out of the shackles of poverty.

It is true that Human sciences degrees are becoming even more irrelevant precipitated by the economic climate of the country because there’s no future for such instead careers that are becoming relevant are those that business values or easily transferred into lucrative business ideas. But wait, am I saying: Human sciences degrees are becoming even more irrelevant because there’s no future for such, instead careers that are becoming relevant are the ones that business values or easily transferred into business?

Certainly not, we do not only want black graduates and it ends there, but we must equally witness a real metamorphosis by ushering blacks taking leadership roles and subsequently becoming captains of companies in strategic positions. We have a responsibility not only to ourselves but also to the society from which we spring. The fact that you probably don’t agree with my assertion or perhaps we harbour a different set of approach should not cloud the issues aforementioned.

The end results of the failure of government to come up with a contingency plan to deliver us from this quack-mire. Ladies and gentlemen, the indigent in the educational fraternity do not only affect the recipients but most cumulatively us the citizens and proletariats. Through unemployment rate which give birth to crime, inequality and all sorts of violence are created by this systematic discrimination.

In parting ladies and gentlemen, these challenges must cease to seem like things that don’t affect us. If and when the reluctance that is now vivid in government, all of us here should bear in mind that our children, siblings and neighbours are the ones affected by the plight of children who are subjected to a dearth of services that are essential for the improvement of the lives of ordinary citizens. These are people we know and not just a faceless mass that seeks to perturb us from the complacency that has crept in and affected the resolve each and every one of us here had when we sort to use this platform to serve.

Lyrics Mazibuko is Gauteng DA Youth Leader, he also serves as DA Councillor in the City of Johannesburg and he writes in his personal capacity.