THE YOUTH OF TODAY HONOUR EDUCATION
By: Thanduxolo Ndumiso Mkhize
Since the year 1994, government introduced the term “free education” for the new democratic South Africa. This followed hardships that non-whites experienced during the apartheid era due to unfair and unequal policies at that time.
“The limitation to education did not break me apart, but it thought me that I must work hard for my children by giving them the best education I can afford,” said Khumbuzile Mtolo
Mtolo did not get a chance to study further due to the effects of the apartheid government. She says her chances in life were limited. Even though there were people who studied and made the best out of the minimal opportunity that they had, the professions they could pursue were limited to being a police officer, nurse and a teacher.
One would think that things are better nowadays but the youth of today continues to complain and point fingers at the current education system and those in charge of operations. The young are too dependent on the government on everything they should have by ‘right’.
“The government must provide us with a better education system, because we voted for him and our parents couldn’t further their studies due to the government of that time,” said Nduduzo Sphamla.
However, some young people have taken up the baton of education and embraced the current opportunities. Manqoba Ngubo who works at Amabubo Investments where he does Investments and Consultancy, won the
Presidential Award at the Future Leaders Awards in June this year. He says that education is the most important thing in life and he is happy to see young people like himself appreciating the education that they getting because when it comes to education obligation is very minimum. It all depends on an individual’s own personal goals.
“The education that we getting is good, what left for us to do we must appreciate what we getting from the government, and make the best out of it,” said Ngubo.
It is clear that government does not owe us anything. Yes we could do with a huge injection into the NSFAS funds but endless opportunities continue to present themselves.
We just choose to ignore them and fix our attention on the joys of material things. It is time that every citizen learns to appreciate the little that they have and work hard enough to get what they want.