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A bridge too far?

On Thursday last week there was an interesting article in News 24 in which Rabelani Dagada, a lecturer at Wits Business School, and a Programme Director for ICT Governance and Risk Management, told a debate on affirmative action that the apartheid-era Bantu (Black) education was far better than what is now being taught under the new post-apartheid government (ANC).

I went to my good friend Google and Linkin to see who this Wits academic is and from what base he is making these statements. Needless to say I found a man who has walked the walk and is in a position to make this assertion without fear of contradiction or favour.
I have quoted from the news article by News 24 and added some of my own comments in italics.
“It was far better in terms of quality than the education that our kids are receiving nowadays. That is where the problem is”.

And we now have these children finishing school and university with an education that is not up to standard. Pass rates have been dropped to such low levels that you only need to know less than a third of a subject and that okay to pass you. Here in the workplace we have graduates who can barely put a paragraph together in a coherent manner that have English as a subject that was passed in Matric.

“Affirmative action should be about empowerment. The best way to empower is not to take from those who have and give to those who don’t have. It won’t work.”

This statement in various guises has been bandied around for a long time and in various countries. Yet the ANC has seen it fit to ignore this warning and taken as much as they possible could from those who had and kept it for themselves. They didn’t even take the time to consider that there many who had worked very hard to get where they were without the help of the previous government. By giving those who didn’t have, a push through the education system, we have skewed the education which is necessary to take our country into the future.

Dagada said South Africans could only be empowered through proper education.
“After 20 years of democracy, the education levels have plunged. It’s worse than the so-called Bantu education. The best way to do transformation, empowerment is to provide quality education.”

And from Pik Botha at the same function:
Former foreign affairs minister Pik Botha said South Africa, under the ANC’s leadership, had moved away from former president Nelson Mandela’s principles. He said the country’s affirmative action policies were mainly hurting the black majority.

“How much further down must all of us go before we say this is enough now? Our education is far behind, it is the worst in Africa, [but] it has the highest per capita expenditure.”

Botha said Zimbabwe’s education system was better than South Africa’s.

“When is this going to change? At state hospitals black patients must wait for three years for an operation.”
Botha said when Mandela became president, he was careful not to lose skilled white people.
“He said we must not lose the proficiency of the whites. They must not leave the public service, but they should help us to train people to achieve that same proficiency,” said Botha.
“They have now removed all those people.”

 
 

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Some smiles and some tears!


For today I thought I would lighten up and post an old joke that was sent to me. Old, but at times true!

Another post that was sent to me by a fellow blogger is one of many outpourings by the Black South Africans as to the state of the country. They are waking to the fact that things have actually gone backwards since the ANC came to power. The euphoria of Nelson Mandela as the first Black president has worn off and reality has now set in.

Mkhandela is responding to the school book fiasco where some schools have not received their text books even though half the academic year has already passed. The shambles out their is totally beyond belief. One school received 200 books for on grade, while the school has nearly over a 1000 pupils with no books!

The matter of unqualified teachers is a sore point with qualified white teachers that were retrenched sitting at home hoping for a job.

Mkhandela

http://www.news24.com/user/Mkhandela

Why Bantu Education was better…

28 June 2012, 14:35

It never rains but pours for South Africa’s Eden, Limpopo. The floods are corroding its education system at a rapid pace. We are halfway through the school calendar and not a single textbook was insight. That is, until today when some parts of the province are reported to be receiving the much needed academic aids.

Some many years ago the African child revolted against a poor education system under apartheid. They envisaged that under democracy their offspring will be served a better, more efficient system minus the shortcomings of what they were subjected to. They perceived that if they watered the tree of freedom with their shed blood the sins of apartheid committed against the black majority would be purged.

It was this generation that hoped that the dawn of democracy will better their livelihoods. Rays of hope sprung to light in 1994 when finally that vision was achieved. Little did they know that the nightmare of apartheid will live to haunt them almost two decades after freedom was attained. Only this time they would not be players but spectators.

The revolutionary generation of ’76 lives to witness a dream betrayed. Having fought for a better education system their efforts were in vain. The democratic government is failing their children.

The current education system is worse compared to Bantu Education. At least under Bantu Education books, regardless of their quality, were on time. Under that deplored system the pass rate for matric, per subject, was not lowered to 30%. If Bantu Education was bad, what about the low literacy and numeracy rates in the current system?

Vanguards of apartheid were brutal in defending the status quo. However, their administration was more efficient than what the current state does. Teachers under apartheid were well trained, carried out their duties conscientiously, and respected the profession. They understood that their role as parents, guardians and role models to their protégés.

Fast forward to democracy, which in fact is demon-crazy, you find a bunch of sex-crazed educators who prey on vulnerable young girls. In exchange for marks they demand sexual favors. They are incompetent and rely on the unions to keep them on the job. Under Bantu Education, the trend we see of so-called “under-qualified” teachers was alien. Systems were in place and were functioning optimally.

At least apartheid was resolute on the kind of education system it preferred. Democracy is still undecided. They have chopped and changed the system more times than I dare to remember. But what I do know is each change has worsened the system. It has punched holes in the future of many young hopefuls who have emerged out of the system worse than the time they were incorporated into it.

Education has the potential to better the lives of people. It is proverbially the key to success. But with the current system in place, it is the key to a bleak and uncertain future. The ANC government has failed us in this regard: Change is needed!!!

 
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Posted by on 29/06/2012 in South Africa

 

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Blood from stones


I posted the quote below on my Letterash blog but thought I may as well post it here on WP as well due to the growing numer of bloggers who are moving over.

I contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle.
– Winston Churchill

Here in South Africa we have the ANC government thinking up new taxes just so that they can keep on filling up their coffers. And the 4,5 million taxpayers still have to support the 44 million who dont pay taxes!! This doesnt include the more than 4 BILLION that has been wasted by the ANC in the last while. The government thinks it is easy – If you need more money, just add a new tax and it keeps rolling in. So what we have is that every tax payer is supporting at least 10 people. We end up with our taxes paying for murderers, rapists, thieves and such other miscreants of society to be housed in prisons which have become more luxurious than some of the residential housing that the majority of the population is used to.

Our taxes pay for medical care for those people who are too lazy to work. They find they make more begging outside the various shopping malls than having a normal job where they would end up paying taxes like you and me. My contribution to my medical aid (which I am compelled to belong to as it is part of my contract) is already so high but I need to stay healthy so that I can continue to work and pay more taxes!

The police and defence forces are paid from our taxes. But the way they abuse their assests you would never say that they really need to look after it. Just have a look at how many government vehicles are being used for private use over week-ends. Look at how the very vehicles they need to do their jobs with are broken due to mis-use. I was in Koedoespoort the other day where I saw a policeman throw his vehicle into a slide before hitting the brakes and stopping in front of the cafe in a cloud of smoke from the tyres. He then casually got out and sauntered into the cafe, from where he emerged a few minutes later drinking a cold drink. I helped pay for those tyres as well as the vehicle!!

Our taxes pay for the salaries of teachers. Yet half of those currently employed are not capable of teaching the subjects that they are supposed hire for. When you hear stories of pupils knowing more than the teacher then you need to address the problem. But no wait, we retrenched thousands of teachers because they were the wrong colour, and replaced them with these who can teach because it was the right thing to do. I must admit I hate the idea of my hard earned taxes paying for someone who only results in the standards being lowered every year just to keep the pass rate up.

My taxes are also used to keep the roads in good shape so that I can safely drive to work and back (so that I can earn a salary and pay more tax!). Yet I can no longer drive down the road at night because of the number of potholes waiting to swallow an unsuspecting wheel or two just seem to keep on growing. Sections of the road which have finally lost all of their tar layers and now resemble a rural gravel road are in better condition than those that still have predominatly more tar than gravel. All the levies (also a form of tax) that were supposed to pay for the repairs have been spent on everything else but road repairs.

My taxes also pays for the upkeep of buildings used by the State. Yet I look around me and I see only decay. The buildings are looking very forlorn and drab. Windows are broken but not replaced. A bit of masking tape and some old piece of cardboard are now used to keep the elements out. At the department of home affairs I noticed that there were floor tiles missing in the foyer, the paint was peeling off the wall in some places, and the public ablutions were in such a state of disrepair that I couldnt even get myself to use them even though my bladder was now joined to my tear ducts!  Take a walk into most police stations and see how run down they are – no wonder their prisoners just walk out.

But in the last while I have heard of my taxes being spent on upgrading ministerial housing just because they didn’t like the shade of paint on the walls. Or because there were too many mosquitoes flying inside the house! The president is having a R17 million worth of makeover to a house that was just done less than two years ago!

Now that is just a total waste of my money that I paid in taxes. No wonder I today that I am being robbed and cant do a damn thing about it


 

 

 
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Posted by on 31/01/2012 in Uncategorized

 

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