I was going to reply to Jeeves’ article on the FNB ads and their withdrawal but decided to write this.
I and I am sure many others have concentrated on the actions of the ANC and FNB and have allowed this to cloud the message the youth were expressing. Their questions deserve answers from those responsible. Education is and should be an important part of their and their parents lives, with the current system thousands are being fooled into believing that the doors to work will be opening to them with their low pass marks. The education system is dysfunctional in so many areas, late or no delivery of text books, teachers who have not had the training to perform the duties that they are asked, poor discipline in the schools, the worst being that of many of the teachers who only appear to act when the unions call a strike or a meeting! There is nothing to gain in refusing to accept the problems by sweeping the proof of poor performance under the carpet of mediocre and liberally adjusted marks.
The lack of service delivery in especially the rural areas (except a wellknown area in Zululand) impacts on many especially the aged and the young. In many cases these short comings are as a result of cadre deployment into positions that they are not qualified or trained to fill and the need to feed at the trough before it runs dry. Monies supposedly for the provision of basic services are paid to inflated local, provincial and national wage bills. When over eighty percent of budget is needed for payroll and bonuses something is wrong.
We need to get into the messages that were contained in the ads spread them, get people, normal man in the street people discussing and looking for solutions to the issues raised. Sooner or later hopefully sooner the penny will drop and the masses will see what the base cause of their problems is and act.
FNB they can appologise as much as they like they opened Pandora's box!!
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