- Posted by Kingsley Omon
- On August 26, 2020
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Those of us who have had the opportunity of tertiary education sometimes forget how privileged we have been. For many fortunate people the chance to go to a university and study the qualification of their choice is a foregone conclusion. They went to good schools, they obtained suitable school examination results and they had parents who could afford to pay the fees, and provide board and lodgings. Once they have the qualification, they tend to mix with and work with similarly qualified people. And their children in turn, go to the right schools and then go on the same kind of post school studies.
And so, the pattern is laid down in our society, a self-replicating elite has access to the better jobs and opportunities, and an underclass, who are held back because they do not have the resources and opportunities to carve out a career that is commensurate with their aptitudes and abilities.
Can we stand by as this state of affairs perpetuates itself? Is it reasonable? Is it fair?
And of course, we have to say no.
We cannot allow people with potential to be kept out of the mainstream of public endeavour, purely because they are poor and cannot afford education.
To help us understand more about this, let’s pull back the lens and look at education from a number of different points of view.