Education system to adapt

2018-11-21 06:02
Botlhoko Mongana

Botlhoko Mongana

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I am writing this based on the challenges we are facing in South Africa.

Among these challenges are unemployment, crime and corruption, a high drop out rate in schools, huge debts and a poor economy.

I believe we can use the education system to curb these different challenges.

I mean proper education – not the current education system.

The current system was put into place to answer the question of more than 200 years ago. According to my research, this system was created to produce obedient and disciplined factory workers.

But times have changed, and so the challenges.

We need to adapt to the current challenges with our education system.

We are in an era were creativity and innovation are needed.

Even if all learners finish school in the expected time, the job market will not absorb all the graduates.

Our education system is not designed for people to be pro­blem solvers, but for people to follow the system.

I believe our gifts and talents are not embraced, especially in public schools where the learners are forced to do things that are not in their interest.

When they do not attend classes or perform poorly, we label them as problematic.

Dreams and passions die in school because we are suppose to follow some selected career paths.

If you are born with sporting talent and you do not do well at school, you are a failure in this system.

Your gifts, talents or passion are irrelevant if they do not fit in the system offered in school.

Is our education system helping our children to position themselves in the economy without depending too much on handouts?

Does it address the need for local brands to be bought and the importance of paying tax, or how to do a proper budget?

Children are taught 30% history and 70% of how the world is today.

How are we going to solve challenges facing us, real politics, with this?

We are all born with different gifts and talents.

Children should be given a platform to showcase how they can contribute to making our society a harmonious place to live in.

These children depend on social media for the language they understand, but we all know the content on social media space is mostly harmful for children with curious minds.

It was more than 200 years ago when this current education system was introduced, as previously said.

Challenges have changed since then, but the system has not changed that much.

We have to cope with a high unemployment rate, crime and a lack of creativity.

In spite of this, we still depend on the education system that has less than a 40% success rate.

When I say success, I am referring to those who pursue what they are passionate about and are making a decent living of it.

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