A certificate or degree is earned by going through a learning process in order to gain more knowledge. This can be bought, but it does not mean that you buy the knowledge associated with that particular qualification.
A certificate or degree, earned in the correct way, is just a stepping stone to enter the adult world of building your own future in order to gain more knowledge and skills.
More knowledge and advanced skills mean a higher living standard which can be utilized to settle with a family and be in a position to care for your partner and kids. This privilege cannot be bought but is gained by providing security to your family.
Unfortunately, it seems that there is a misconception amongst the majority of students on all levels, from high school, up to university. The general picture which is spread is that the only object of students are just to get their hands on that certificate or degree, whether it contributes to taking that step to start their future career is of no concern.
There is no future unless you are capable of gaining some or other skill, whether it is with your hands or with the knowledge you have gained through obtaining a certificate or degree. That piece of paper does not give you instant knowledge or guarantee a high salary. You still have to learn where you fit into the real world and gain experience in order to sell your skills to an employer and at a higher price to the next employer.
Unfortunately, the latter part seems to have gone missing in the learning cycle of 90% of students who strike at universities, upsetting classes, the whole campus as well as preventing students, who understand the learning culture, to attend classes and prepare themselves for the coming year-end exams.
It seems that there is a big misconception about education amongst these students. And it all begins with culture, the one thing which can be applied to better yourself. Culture is derived from the word to grow a better crop than the previous one. This is a learning cycle; the means to stand out amongst the ordinary. By obstructing students to attend classes and boycott lectures, waiving branches and burning tyres in the street, does not contribute to culture. In fact, this is de-culturing the existing educational process. Culture cannot be bought or provided on demand.
Most of these students have obviously not reached the threshold of the entrance to the modern civilization, that is to better yourself by getting educated and not relying on the government to pay you an exurbanite salary or grant, just because you have a piece of paper in your hand, earned or bought.
The culture to build schools, colleges and universities, comes from the communities themselves through their urge of gaining knowledge. This does not include disrupting the process of gaining more knowledge, the effort to better yourself for a better future for you and your family by throwing stones, destroying nature by waving branches, broken off the closest tree as well as obstructing traffic by overturning vehicles, injuring motorists who do not comply to your sitting in the middle of the street.
Culture can only develop from being prepared to gather knowledge. Overturning statues of people that contributed to the culture of education shows on a generation that still does not understand the true meaning of the word “culture”.
If your culture entails initiation schools, painting your face white, getting circumcised during puberty and living for days in a shack next to the highway, start your own university and leave the existing ones to those students who crave to enrich themselves with more knowledge, knowledge that will enhance their standard of living.
Comment by Pieter Coetzee – Editor: Kwêvoël