I had a conversation with my mother yesterday in which l was left speechless. Apparently a cousin of mine who just wrote her O’ levels in December is unable to collect her results as the school said she lost books, and she must first replace them before she can get her results.
This is nothing new to me, l grew up with those policies as well. Policies whereby we were sent home if we had not yet paid our fees. Results and certificates were withheld until we had cleared our arrears.
But for the first time yesterday, maybe hearing it from a different timezone, culture and mindset gave me a different perspective, and l thought l will share my thoughts with you all.
Are these school policies in an economically dilapidated country like Zimbabwe where most families are even struggling to put their next meal on the table, reasonable or counterproductive?
So l had made plans for my cousin to move to the city for her A’ levels, as she is quite gifted academically. But guess what the process of finding a place for her and initiating her studies is now being delayed.
She will be lucky because l will pull hook line and sinker to make sure l motivate her to still continue her studies, but what of the other kids?
Yes l understand that the schools hardly have enough resources and have to take desperate measures to maintain them, but is this the best way to do it?
Can we not come up with better ideas? The textbook struggle, why can we not invest in E-books and make print outs?
The fees situation, we cannot continue to deprive children their basic right to education. We cannot blame their parents and guardians for not being able to provide.
We need better solutions!
This act of sending kids home because they do not have the correct uniform must stop!
This is our future generation, and instead of us equipping them with knowledge to run the future, we are pulling them back.
The Zimbabwean government and Ministry of Education needs to realize that our current situation is not the yellow of an egg and do away with these self inflicted stumbling blocks.
We need better solutions!!!