LETTER: We blame others for our woes

2017-01-12 06:02

Most of us are good at pointing fingers at everyone else. We are quick to confirm a diagnosis, but too slow to provide any solutions.

The grade 12 class of 2016 has achieved a 76,2 % pass rate, an increase from the 74% of 2015.

Some people are happy while others are disappointed, despite a slight increase.

Critics have laid the blame for this solely on Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga.

This is not fair. We all need to shoulder the blame for the slow progress of our education.

Teachers, pupils, parents, administrators and society in general are to blame.

Unproductive teachers who bunk classes and who have affairs with pupils are the root of our problems.

Pupils who view school as a playground are adding to the problem. Parents who choose to buy booze instead of stationery and school uniforms for their kids are also to blame.

Members of the society who burn schools during protests are also part of the problem. We all contribute to the problem and not the solution.

Government cannot win this fight alone. We must behave like responsible citizens and be role models to our children.

Stop pointing fingers and accept responsibility for this mess.

Lunga Sibhoza Langa

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