It is broadly acknowledged that education is essential for the growth and development of an individual, however, the medium through which this is carried out can vary from one place to another.
Some societies may be of the opinion that education can be transmitted just as well through alternative media as it is through schools, colleges and other educational institutions.
In preceding times knowledge was passed on over generations through learning on the job and elders’ stories; a formal route of attending school and college was not stressed upon.
However, things have changed today because tertiary level education seems to be a prevailing implement for one to stand out from others. We are living in a world whereby the level of education and the institution where it has been acquired makes people judge and name-call others.
These days a quality education has become a means for discrimination. As if the regular economic and social barriers weren’t enough, now the level of education and place from where it has been obtained, have become valid grounds for looking down upon people.
The atmosphere in which these elite or high-fliers’ students are instructed and taught brings upon most a sense of false achievement and superiority which widens the chasm between members of society.
People who attend other less prestigious varsities are regarded with disdain and the entire concept of self-worth is derived from the grade.
People are judged by the numbers they carry around admission point score, ranks and grades which may not be a wholesome representation of who they are or what their potential is.
Although it is no crime to nurture excellence, refraining from making it a criterion to judge people on is important.