Working for the organisation (The Mvula Trust) that has dedicated its resources towards community development, it is highly concerning to see schools incinerated or destroyed in numerous protests taking place across the country.
Growing up in rural areas, I know we only had our first secondary school in 1990. I am told that it was difficult to access education back in the mid-80s due to apartheid laws such as Bantu Education Act and Group Areas Act that were imposed on blacks. Learners walked long distances to the isolated school that was built for twenty villages or thereabouts.
It was a terrible and apartheid government orchestration. As correctly recorded in this repository: http://overcomingapartheid.msu.edu/sidebar.php?id=65-258-2&page=1, “Bantu Education denied black people access to the same educational opportunities and resources enjoyed by white South Africans.”
Surprisingly, as if Bantu Education was not ruthless enough, black communities abolish the only weapon they can utilise to emancipate themselves from poverty and other social ills.
This scenario corroborates the fact that we are gradually becoming the worst enemies of our own progress.
Although I am not disputing the negative effects of Bantu Education Act such as exclusive admission, infrastructural backlogs and high school fess, I fully believe that education is a developmental tool, and it should be cherished and safeguarded at all cost.
I have observed that many residents who embraced education since the advent of democracy have made huge progress – contributing massively towards the development of their communities and country at large.