It’s official: Zimbabwe’s educational system is now in the morgue. The state of our education system is clear testimony to how self-destructive Zimbabwe has become. In a word, Zimbabwe is structurally deficient and in a desperate need for repair and construction.
The idea that we have a generation of young people who are receiving a half-baked education is at best, preposterous, and at worst, downright mindlessly stupid.
The failure of the education sector, like many other sectors in Zimbabwe, is a mere revelation that our country is going down the tubes. And in the process, we’ve become like an alcoholic bent on hanging onto to self-suicidal behaviour.
The picture is grim, to say the least. Teachers have abandoned schools. There are no books in schools. Infrastructure is delapidated, and in the erstwhile so-called elite schools such as Prince Edward etc. standards are going to the dogs.
Students have to make do without appropriate meals in our boarding schools. In some parts of the country such as Manicaland, entire schools have been abandoned as both teachers and pupils have joined the melee to the bloody diamond fields.
Our young people are going to school to kill time only while their head remain like empty gongs, devoid of knowledge. To make matters worse, many school yards have been transformed into places for making quick deals.
As it is, state universities across the country remain closed mainly due to non-availability of resources. Books are priced as if they are on a resurrection trip. It’s downright ridiculous that graduation ceremonies are still being with pomp and ceremony that hides the rots. Indeed, a pig is a pig even if you apply lipstick to it. My heart and tears go out to all those university graduates that are being capped for God-knows their heads are filled with half-nothings of an education.
Put simply, getting educated in Zimbabwe has become a liability.
Yet, none of the indicators listed above have been enough to induce a rethink in our country’s managers. For them, its business as usual.
But let the truth be told: by failing to properly educate our young people, we’ve clearly lost our way. We are breeding a generation of angry young people who will go to any extent to do what they have to do to survive. These children are a time-bomb of the future.
To state it bluntly, Zimbabwe’s society is in danger of becoming hinged.
Sadly, despite the horrendous state of our affairs, many Zimbabweans have chosen to cushion themselves in mammon and quick deals, and an unending search of basic necessities of life.
That’s the tragedy of our land: we are all to blame.
To paraphrase W.B. Yeats, the best among us lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity.