Bring back the prestige, value of education

© EDITOR — Nelson Mandela once said , “education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world” and have a better life. This is absolutely true. Think about where everyone is educated or has knowledge; we would not be racists or tribalists.

We would not hate fellow human beings simply because they are doing better than us, we would not be  involving ourselves in many activities that don’t add any value to our lives or other people’s lives.
In addition , we would  not be deceived by anyone calling himself or herself a servant of God, yet behaving otherwise.

Educated people are equipped with analytic skills and would not just believe whatever politicians tell them. Enlightenment empowers us to critique issues before we can accept anything without a second thought.

We will always demand proof of claims . Educated people create jobs through innovation,. They come up with ideas that contribute to the development of the country. With education , our streets would be cleaner and we would find quick solutions to problems that we see today.

We need education, our children and the generations to come too need that if we are to live in a beautiful country. Now looking at what is currently happening in our country, education doesn’t seem to be taken as a priority by our government.

There are several reasons why I say so. At several State universities, we have now gone into the year and have seen how the government has failed to pay staff salaries and students obligations on time.
Even those not in university today have heard the challenges the staff and students  are going through and all the government leaders say is “we have no money” yet they are busy travelling.

Even right now teachers and many other civil servants are threatening to go on strike which will affect parents, students and everyone else yet the government does not seem to be able to solve these problems that give the future leaders — the students or pupils — a better future. 

Things are not going well in our country and with the economic challenges and the high schools fees being demanded by schools due to the economic meltdown many children who had a bright feature might not have it any more.

Many parents are unemployed and as a result more and more children and university students will drop out of school.
What is even more disappointing is that many of our brothers and sisters who finished university are seated at home with no job or have resorted to vending to make ends meet.

Yes education is a powerful weapon but right now in this country education does not seem to hold any value. Government should make education affordable and reward those who have taken their time to get an education with jobs.

Looking at what is happening in this country surely Mandela must be turning in his grave as what he believed in has turned not to be. 
The government should bring back the prestige that was associated with being educated not what we are seeing now.

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