The article by Esethu Hasane refers. http://voices.news24.com/esethu-hasane/2013/08/anc-voters-are-not-educated-an-insult/
Hasane starts his article citing literacy rates. Aside from the fact that some demographics achieve greater than 100% (was RG Mugabe the researcher?), the high proportions of literacy and primary school completion tell only a portion of the story.
Elsewhere in the article, reference is made to completion of up to Standard 7 (Grade 9), in addition to more banging on about literacy.
Essentially the article is based on a false premise, ergo, that literacy equals education, and further, that the ANC government has been kept in power by an educated electorate.
So let's clear it up. Literacy does not equal education. Primary education as advocated by the ANC government, does not equal education. Heck, even completing an ANC matric does not necessarily constitute receiving an education.
Education is what happens when you have received the basics (what the older folks would call the Three Rs, reading, (w)riting and (a)rithmetic), a basic exposure to various compulsory subjects, and you take these, and go and learn more. On your own, about the world at large, and specific subjects that may interest you.
Very few university and technikon courses teach students how to perform a certain job function, in exactly the manner it will be used in the workplace. These institutions foster a culture of lifelong learning and analysis, among students. That is education.
Many people have one or both of the following educational 'alma maters' listed on their Facebook profiles: (1) University of Life or (2) School of Hard Knocks. They may seem flippant, but amongst a section of the populace which never received formal qualifications, but learnt the hard way, these are profoundly accurate.
The current education system imposed by the ANC is designed to keep the masses down at heel. There is no broad culture of lifelong learning, self-study or 'further reading / learning'.
Children exposed to this barbarism show no affinity for researching things they may be interested in. They form no opinions of their own through analysis. Precious few have any knowledge of current affairs. Their worldview is shaped by the opinions of their parents and peers.
And when you have a population of millions of sheeple, who only know the ANC as a liberation movement (because they get that from their elders), and who still believe in things like witches, traditional healers, sangomas, the tokoloshe and customary traditions, you have an electorate right and ready for brainwashing.
Thereafter it becomes a simple matter for government leaders to stand on their soapbox (also known as the SABC), and instruct the masses to vote for the ANC. Not from a basis of workable policies or a record of delivery. But out of medieval fear.
This is incredibly sad, not just simplistically that the ANC will win election after election, but that we raise a nation of, pardon the expression, dumbasses.
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