Matric matters! The answer is on the chalk board

2013-01-03 08:13

I take the cue from the front page positive laden headline 'That's much better' in a nationally circulating newspaper this morning.(Mercury 3.1.2013).Now that the festivities are over we,that is every South African must realise that we need to engage answer-seeking and through that a constructive solution.We owe that to our children and to posterity which will harshly judge us for sitting on our hands whilst wailing like chicken!

Are we a people who look at the glass and complain that it's half full or half empty or are we people who dismiss the glass as irrelevant? If we do either way we deserve the outcomes as we do the mediocrity that has become fused with our state of mind.

This is our general attitude to the state of our ailing education system in South Africa. Everyone,I have sparred with so far has roused himself out of the festivity induced inertia to become a fierce commentato/ critic on the outcomes, but very few of us has ever conducted an introspection and analysed whether or not we, as a collective could have contributed to these (using the glass metaphor as an example) outcomes.

No doubt political parties and civil society will  make a meal of it,engage in finger pointing but unfortunately very little happens after this. We'll slip back into our cocoons and do nothing else.

Instead of engaging in our national pastime grumbling ‘Where did it all go wrong?’ ,the stark reality is that we need to seek answers and one of the outcomes of the results of 2012 is to ask what can we do to take this to another level? It’s answer-seeking time remember, and we  need to find out how and why we got into this mess in the first place? And what can we do to improve the overall situation.If it takes an 'African spring', why not?

From my perspective, achieving the highest pass in 17 years means very little.

I found it appalling,however that a minister should be celebrating mediocrity on national television! How, I wondered,could we celebrate such mediocrity?

In my opinion people who will jump into the band wagon and say ‘30% is not enough’ or ‘we shouldn’t be happy with this pass rate’ are simply lazy, unhelpful and woefully tardy in their commitment to the constitutional enterprise. We,they should be asking what can we do for our country? Their, our criticism on the standards and performance say very little about the value we, they ascribe to education.

So as we search for answers,  we must be amongst those  are prepared and who make it our,their duty to roll up our,their sleeves,pick up the shovel and start rebuilding.

Lets become lenders of hands instead of pointers of fingers! And while we all search for the answers, we will soon discover the truism in the Chinese proverb "many hands make light work".

Yes, to Minister Mosheka 'That's much better', now how can we as a collective who care about the quality and standards informing outcomes,help?

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