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Does the Western-based education system destroy cultural values, brainwash and keep South Africa and the rest of the continent intimidated? It might be true that western propaganda is an elevated superiority, the best and most advanced so far in the world. So powerful that it has infiltrated and destroyed many countries in the world, including Africa. The counter-revolutionary measures have also diverted many honorable Communist and Socialist movements, forcing them into defensiveness, militancy, and suspicion. This is the view of black South Africans.
Education is a form of learning, knowledge, skills, beliefs, and values. From one generation to another, through discussion, teaching, storytelling, and research, education gives guidance and direction for young minds to emerge as educated skilled people.
There is a belief that the western education system is nothing more than a well designed tool to kill the African indigenous knowledge, technology and social-economic development. An instrument to gain power over Africa and all the resources. A conviction that the Western education system is a procedure to inflict the minds of African people into believing the past historical culture is irrelevant. The well-planned western program of teachers and students seem to be the grassroots of society for the cultural and economic values are the targets of infiltration.
The unstable English language makes it even more difficult for Africans to acquire the necessary technology and knowledge needed. It challenges learners in the way that; they concentrate more on learning English vocabularies than the information or knowledge required. Thereby causing confusion of who black people are by ignoring values and ideals to follow and imparting arrogance to the young children.
South Africa is a lost nation because the masses follow the western propaganda and forget the culture and historical perspective. There are several black people who forget the cultural heritage to follow westerners. The mindset that everything belongs to whites and admission that there is no knowledge of how to manufacture airplanes or guns but know how to use the instruments.
The apartheid education system is frowned upon as a capitalist system to control the economy and prevent the masses from attaining economic freedom. The current school system in South Africa needs a fundamental change from the political control and the deliberate attempt to keep the masses uneducated.
Whatever school system South Africa implements there has to be a commitment from the scholars, teachers and parents. Most important is to leave politics out of education. Vandalizing and burning schools must stop, and government must ensure textbooks are available. The ill discipline of students and bad attitudes are not helping to develop a sound education system. Teachers are not qualified or dedicated; there is no commitment. The amount of money spent by the government on education is not invested into teaching the children, but rather missing in corruption and fraud.
Black South Africans must decide if the knowledge of the western education system is worth knowing and as Ntsiki Mazwai a South African artist said the students must not forget the customs, traditions and language. The black students must stop western learning and never forget the deeply rooted heritage of the past. By following the western propaganda, the African is a European clone, brainwashed into forgetting the real African dream.
Opinion by Laura Oneale
Africa Check – Is SA’s education system the worst in Africa
Sundayworld – Ntsiki Mazwai – Black people why do you fight to be white
News24 – Hot to fix SA’s Education System
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