Privileged class made smart choices

2015-11-03 06:00

Last week’s editorial comment (“Privilege”, People’s Post, 27 October) refers: The so-called privileged class got where they are by making smart decisions.

One of the first was to elect leaders who were competent instead of corrupt.

The other was that they didn’t have more children than they could provide for and those children had father figures so that they didn’t have to join a gang to try and form an identity. This has led to drugs and violence. Are the so-called privileged to blame for that? This particular social evil isn’t just a South African problem but is a problem where a society shirks its responsibility as parents.

So now we come to education. Everyone wants to be taught in his mother tongue. Unfortunately the mother tongue for the majority is a recent phenomenon as it wasn’t until the 1820s that reverend Moffat of the London Missionary Society actually created a written language for non-white people.

So more poor choices will eventually lead to more poor people.

As it is, the privileged class carry the burden of providing RDP homes, free electricity and free water (why do you think we pay so much?). Many pensioners are being forced out of their homes because they can’t afford the rates that go up every year.

What more are we supposed to do?

And what a disaster our tertiary education has become. When the miners wanted a 10% increase most people thought that was okay, but how are our educators to get an increase if fees don’t go up? The competent ones will find posts overseas and our universities will wither.

Far too many people want to go to university as they think this is the way to a job where no actual work is involved. Traditionally, only a small percentage of people (the really bright) went to university; the rest got jobs. Unfortunately, over the past 20 years the education system has been a complete failure and the vast majority will only ever be able to do menial tasks as they aren’t able to read and write.

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