Weak education system brews national failure

Weak education system brews national failure
A Form One student at Rubkona Senior Secondary School in Unity State walks in a flooded school classroom (photo credit: Sheila Ponnie/The City Review)

A lecturer in a South African university once wrote an expressive message to his students at the doctorate, master, and bachelors levels and placed it at the entrance of the college.

“Collapsing any nation does not require the use of atomic bombs or the use of long-range missiles but it requires lowering the quality of education and allowing cheating of exams by students.”

I believe this resonates with us everywhere. More often than not, we are not mindful of how the things we consider to be little could destroy our society.

The patient dies at the hands of the doctor, who passed his exams through cheating, buildings collapse in the hands of an engineer who passed his exams through cheating.

Similarly, money is lost in the hands of an accountant who passed his exams through cheating, humanity perishes in the hands of a religious scholar who passed his exams by cheating, and justice is lost in the hands of a judge who passed his exams by cheating.

Finally, ignorance reigns supreme in the minds of children who are under the care of a teacher who passed exams by cheating. The collapse of an education system is the collapse of the nation.

Here are the services that those who passed their exams through cheating will be delivering.

Shady laws are made by those politicians, and half-verified or unverified information is given by such journalists.

Unjustifiable or unpatriotic actions are supported by those citizens. The same public or civil servant underperform. Half the analysis is given by civil society organisations whose leaders passed exams by cheating. Uninspiring leadership is given by these types of leaders.

As our country is going through ups and downs, we must be very critical about observing the quality of education we are giving our citizens. The citizens we produce are the types of citizens our nation will look like. If we produce fake academics, the nation is going to face the same rampage. 

It’s the duty of every parent and guardian to offer quality education to their children. Today, parents want their sons and daughters to finish school within the shortest time.

They are very many parents who demand jobs for their sons and daughters. This brings questions like: how is it going to happen really? Parents and guardians must make sure their children get the very best education possible.

In the current situation, students just register and wait for the time to sit exams. They have their own God, which they call the “Internet.” It sends and receives from a very far distance.

Then parents wait reluctantly to celebrate the victory of doctors who will let patients die, lawyers who will sit on laws; and politicians who will loot and ruin the country.

We must stand up for this act and end it within a justified time frame. We cannot afford this destruction. We cannot afford more wars for the coming generations. These past wars are enough to keep us in peace for other centuries.

Perhaps this generation is blessed with tools of learning, but sadly, they are using them vaguely. The most prominent thing is producing quality, not quantity. Quality education will barricade the collapse of our nation. The quantity of education will lead us to the end of our beautiful nation.

Citizens, let’s eradicate this obnoxious practice. It’s your responsibility to report it and stop the malpractice in the examination.

Let’s save our nation from its own collapse in the coming years. We can still make the best out of ourselves. We are one people, living in one country. Peace be with us forever!

John Marit is a concerned citizen and writes here in his personal capacity.

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