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Mending the past in education, for a better future

21 May 2012, 08:34

I  grew up in a conservative Afrikaans home in Boksbuirg, I am thankful that I don’t live there anymore. You see I was in high school standard six in 1990.

And at that time FW DeKlerk  was the state president and in February he announced the scraping of apartheid the unbaning of the ANC and the release of Nelson Mandela.

 March - Brigadier Oupa Gqozo of the Ciskei Defence Force leads a coup in the homeland ofCiskei  .  - The Minister of Education Piet Clase announces that as of January 1991, the segregation of Whites and Blacks in state run schools is no more. October - The National Party opens its membership to all races- and it is the year Paedophile Gert van Rooyen shoots his accomplice and lover, Joey Haarhoff then commits suicide soon after a police chase.

As a young kid at the age of 13 all of this is a lot to take in , our parents got completely paranoid being from middle class Afrikaner descent and at that time f it felt like we as a nation lost a war and the occupying forces were on there way to come and rape and pillage (paranoid white guilt).

You see our parents were brought up on the idea  that we as a nation were the white people only ,and that the black people that we had day to day dealings with were  there to work for us and that they were in our city’s only by our request ,we knew that back people had homes far far away.

And that they worked for cheep cause there education was substandard to our own therefore. And that there governments in far far away was not as good as our own .they gave it a term of migrant workers (we were living in lala land ourselves).

What got my parents so wound up is the idée of putting  there children in a school with black children, you know the old Swart gevaar, it got the white community so wound up that the white school boards decided, they had to work around this idée and find a way to extend this idée of a white only utopia for there children. So what did they do, they came up with a concept of the model C school mmm they really thought that this was the answer!!!!! So all the schools changed to a model C school and to make sure ,the department of education didn’t  intervene all the outside asbestos class rooms were dismantled and send to the black schools in the townships so they could claim the school was at full capacity.

Causing the following , were we had a class full of children before with a maximum amount of students 24 we now had a classroom with about 40 children, the extra teachers who’s class rooms were sold were laid off and the remaining teachers had to come up with the nerves of steel to handle the new bigger class rooms. With meant more discipline and less time spent on individual children.    This also had a effect of reduced state subsidies from the state and  the difference, came out of who’s pocket not the state but the parents.(idiots)

Just because there racist  fear  got the better of them the children got the shorter end of the stick and for what, they don’t call it model C schools anymore and we the new generation are still bound by  the same rules. Our  generation of kids are still sitting in classrooms that is over stocked  and the parents are still paying threw there noses , no wonder our children is struggling to learn. And as for the Black kids ,they are allowed in former model c schools today ( I would hope) , So was there any method to this madness .the answer to that question is maybe ,not but can we fix it

Sadly our government spends R207-billion on education a year , On South Africans  of all races , you would think that the money the government saves on former model c schools would help , the budget for the education department ,and get the rest of the schools up to standard  and when I say standard I mean in some cases in the eastern cape children are going to school in the veld or in such bad conditions ,If I had a pig  I would not let the pig go there and yet it is so bad, Nothing changes.

The situation is a ticking time bomb at the moment , cause all thou  their is no  more racist policy.

Defining the way schools are run and built and staffed, the reality is that  nothing is getting better.

We the new generation  of parents, should intervene in education again like our parents did , but not to change the former model c schools into a more excusive elite  club but to open it up and make the schools bigger maybe even double the capacity the school can currently take ,you see lets say we build extra class rooms in a former model c school, employ more teachers in and get more kids in these schools, what would happen? Well  the new students coming from the bad schools would benefit , in the existing infrastructure and   the classes would be less full with better ratios between learner and teacher. Also the burden on parents financially would  come down due to new amount of people that is in one school.   This will also get the standard of the overall level of education up.

Due to the sharing of resources we will be able to educate more people more economically, and at a better standard.

Well this is my opinion on how to correct the wrongs of the past , We as South Africa   as a nation I believe has moved on from our racial past the only way to build a nation stronger is by doing it together ,so I cant  see  why we cant start with educating our children together ,and together move on to a brighter future for all of us ,Education is the key to financial success. Without a good education our country is doomed , and it is in the interest the parents of former models c schools to stop to stop thinking that the poorer state schools is far away in lala land, we need to wake up this problem is on our door . 

     

P.S as you can see my Spelling and Grammar, is not the best in the world ,I am a product of a former over crowded model –C school. Lets hope we can change this from happening to your kids 

   

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