Read: New schooling system. Can SA cope?
Over and above the challenges mentioned in this article regarding
school resources and expert, professional teachers for delivery, the greatest
challenge by far facing the introduction of these different educational streams
is our social ideology, norms and values regarding an individual’s intellectual
abilities and capabilities.
Artisan jobs continue to be categorized as menial, lower
class blue-collar functions that do not warrant or
deserve equal recognition and reward as white-collar professions
– engineering, legal, medical, management, etc. That is the reality faced by
all scholars notwithstanding the essential and critical dependency white-collar
professionals have on the would be artisan professions … think: builders,
plumbers, electricians, mechanics, tool makers just to name a few.
It is this social ideological mindset that drives young people to
forego what they could excel in and chase after other more socially
acceptable white-collar professions – IT, engineering,
medicine, sciences, accounting, legal etc. - leading to the high rate of
drop-outs, disillusionment, anger, frustration etc.
For example, when do you ever hear of any company in SA – possibly
around the world – making bursaries available for degrees in, say, plumbing? Of
That is where the real and factual social discrimination begins
and is being practiced; that is the root source of the social challenges in the
education system which then permeates through to other areas in our society.
Recognition and acceptance of who they are is what
people want the most – especially scholars. Something society does not give nor
is it willing to change – can you imagine an engineer, doctor, lawyer, CEO
acknowledging and rewarding a plumber as equal to themselves … hell no!
Changing our social ideology, norms and values would more than
likely result in the majority of scholars excelling in their personal
capabilities and expertise with the proposed new schooling system – possibly
even contribute to a crime free society.
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