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The key to the world

07 January 2013, 09:12

So the Limpopo MEC for Education wants answers as to why a school in the province achieved a 0% pass rate. Interesting that, with all the furore over the year about non-delivery of textbooks to that same province. I wonder if the esteemed MEC has been living in another universe, or is this simply a ‘save my job’ statement?

The tragedy of those who have now passed matric, and yes it is a tragedy for many, is that their qualification will get them neither university entrance nor a guaranteed job. That is of course unless they know somebody who can help them with a job in which they can begin to acquire the essential skills needed to survive and function in today’s world.

Most children (I refuse to call them learners)  now seem to assume that a matric certificate is equal to an automatic job offer, along with a wonderful salary and plenty of time to surf the internet and chat with friends on the ‘free’ office phone.

Unfortunately, the reality of the ‘real world’ is invariably a horrible shock, leading first to despair then anger and sadly often crime in order to continue feeding the habits taken up in order to cope with the failure to thrive and succeed after school is over.

Education is literally the key to the world, yet, for thousands who do not have access to internships, trade schools or colleges, and who are imbued with the belief that the world owes them a place at university (to do what exactly?), that key is lost before it is even picked up. What happened to the useful skills needed for essential jobs like electricians, plumbers, artisans and the like? Not everybody is a budding nuclear scientist.

Are you listening Angie? Excuses and words do not satisfy those who are hungry to start living, yet who do not have the basic implements to enable them to do so. 

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