Education mess desecrates the graves of June 16 heroes: iLIVE
THE country has just commemorated the sacrifices made by the youth in the fight for liberation and freedom during the 1976 Soweto uprisings ("State not playing by the book", June 18).
Not much has been achieved and little has changed after many died fighting for equal access to education and refusing to be taught in Afrikaans . English and Afrikaans are still favourite official languages in a country whose majority cannot comprehend the languages.
In a country mired by high rates of unemployment and economic inequalities, education must be the glue that holds pieces together.
However, aspirations of the youth of 1976 still linger on 36 years later and 18 years into a democratic dispensation.
Socioeconomic gaps have widened and access to good education is a luxury reserved for the rich.
Education, more especially in public schools, has become a political tool for lazy and inept politicians ready to abuse it as a bargaining chip.
Children in Limpopo and Eastern Cape have become sacrificial lambs for callous and snobbish politicians.
In the Eastern Cape, pupils attend classes in dilapidated mud buildings , kneeling or squatting on a dusty floor to take notes, and Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga says there is no crisis.
In Limpopo, open spaces with signs posted on trees are called classrooms. Pupils have gone half the academic year without books, yet the same minister thinks a court case forcing her department to do its job is sensationalising sensitive issues.
This is a very sad state of affairs and very embarrassing.
Does Motshekga truly believe that she is preparing these children who study under trees and in mud houses to compete fairly and equally on the international level in years to come?
Her actions are worse than "bantu" education.
How do we expect our children to learn, grow, be nourished and get intellectually stimulated when resources are diverted towards the wellbeing of officials and their families?
The youth are being failed by this inept system and soon they will grow tired of useless promises from arrogant officials, especially the unemployed youth.
Steve Biko, Tsietsi Mashinini, Khotso Seatlholo, et al, must be turning in their graves for their struggle for liberation was truly in vain.