Education system, funding and erudition failing child of Africa

2016-11-03 06:00

Which doors were they exactly referring to when they said: “The doors of learning shall be opened to all”

For, instead, the are being slammed shut right on our faces after we graduate from these slave manufacturing institutions, that leave us to wrestle for crumbs on the opressors’ table.

Only the doors to extinction are open to the Azanian people.

A nation with an education system that neglects it’s people’s language, culture and history (from an African perspective) is only paving its way to extinction, because it produces nothing but slaves who are programmed to maintain a system that is opressive to its people.

Our curriculum from primary school to tertiary level is highly Eurocentric.

As a result, it alienates us from ourselves; is contradictory to our values, and is against the development of the African child and Africa as a whole, because it does not produce patriots who will serve, suffer and sacrifice for Azania.

The books we have in our schools and libraries were written by White people, in an European perspective, who studied Africans to conquer them, to justify the theft of our land.

All of this instils an inferiority complex to African students and by so doing, elevates White supremacy, through all its manifestations.

Hence we have a majority of graduates who have no desire to be of service to Africa,but to serve European interests, because they do not identify themselves with the liberation struggle of Azania and Africa.

Education is a basic human right. The call for free decolonised afrocentric education by the youth of Azania is a noble and just cause.

Not only do we have a Eurocentric curriculum, it is also sold to us.

Education in Azania is treated as a commodity, a privilege and not a right.

Every year, we have to go through the extremes; queuing up for NSFAS where we are forced to parade our poverty.

We are forced to reduce ourselves to the lowest form of poverty when we’re already poor. We are then selected by those who’s chains of opression are rustier than the others.

We have to sell drugs or our bodies in order to be able to study. By the time one graduates, they’re already drowning in debt. Debt being another form of opression.

There is a huge percentage of high school and university dropouts, firstly because we can’t afford education and secondly because we do not identify ourselves with the type of education that we are receiving.

It’s content is irrelevant to us as it does not give us solutions to our problems. Verwoerd’s legacy lives on.

African graduates are just glorified “tea girls” and “garden boys”. The government has been lying to us and has sold us pies in the skies under the fallacy of a “rainbow nation” and “democratic South Africa”.

Free education is possible if the government is not reckless on funds.

Miliswa Xuba Mandalay

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