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Why has government chosen to fail your children?

12 December 2013, 07:22

Books and Buses

As a visitor to South Africa; I often hear the current government and government sympathisers blame the current condition of South Africa on the past government policies of Apartheid.

While for some things this blame is easy to assign and see the affects that it caused there is no dening the impact of those policies.However what it not easy to see or understand is why the govenrment and or the peoplenot demanded that some of the simple solutions to this complex problem not been acted upon?
Lets start with the apartheid concept of seperation both by location and by education.These were effective means to oppress. Even in the United states this was practicedwith great effect until the Supreme Court ruled that by it's very nature Seperate could never be equal with requards education. And thus the integration and the endof forced segregation came to an end. 
What confuses me is that some of the simplest actions the new government, or even the current government could undertake to end the oppression of Aparthied have not been undertaken.Why is it that twenty years later something as simple as providing books to students andfree public trasportation to schools has not been done? Even if the school was merely a collection of tents in a field, as long as the learners had trasportation to that school, and booksthe challenge of unequal education opportunities could have been solved by now.This isn't rocket science, it is a way to remove or reduce the impact of Aparthied social engineering.However the governemtn has failed to address this basic issue, and one is left to wonder why?
Do they want to maintain the seperation both in the physical space as well as the intellectual spacethat Aparthied created?
Really, how hard is it to provide a child with a bus ride to school and a book to study from once there?It has to be cheaper than promising free houses and ever adding to the social grant rolls.If children were being educated South Africa could build itself to prosperity, instead of sinking into poverty.
The lack of free trasportation to schools for children has added social impacts as well.Those buses and book that do not exists could provide jobs, that also do not exists.There would be jobs for bus drivers, jobs for mechanics to maintain those buses, and jobs forperson printing, binding and delivering those books to would be hard pressed to answer the question why such a simple solution to a complex problem has not been acted on?
An educated population provides more opportunities for all.  
I am not going to suggest that govenrment is willingly keeping eduaction from the population.However if that is the case, then they need to be replaced with a government that wants to uplift allpersons and not just their own bank account and that of a few selected friends.
To close, I ask you to take this conversation to your friends and family.To ask the politicians you have trusted to act on your behalf in government;Why are there no buses to take your children to school?Why are there no books for them once they get there?Why should a family spend so much of what little money they have to get their children to and from school?
Are they interested in ending or perpetuating the oppression of Aparthied by this simple denialof what should be a basic right for all children?

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