UNSTRESSED EDUCATIONAL GOAL
In the effort to obtain all important-diploma, it is often forgotten that a liberal education in a university is supposed to have a moral and social influence in the lives of students. To be educated is not only to have personal enlightenment but also to be able to reach the depressed areas-that is being a productive member of the community. Thus, a university education should develop a mind open to truth and a heart which loves the truth.
In line with this, a graduating Grade 12 student has to answer the question: what course should I take? Different approaches may arise, one graduate says, “my father is a lawyer, I, too, should take up law:, another says, “my mother wants me to be a teacher, probably I should follow her, the third says, “Nursing is in demand in abroad, I should enroll in nursing”.
Many graduates say that they would like to leave because they see no future in their country. But such thinking can result in a vicious cycle: Graduates go to abroad because they see no hope in their country: the brain drain helps promote economic stagnation: economic stagnation gives graduates a sense of despair.
There is an urgent need to develop moral perspective in youth especially graduates. The youth had adopted wrong values from the bad examples of the past. Bottom line is: students may acquire a mass lot of knowledge of facts, theories and the techniques, they may develop cognitive skills, but if they have no moral and ethical perspective, they will not be a good members of society.
The interesting fact is that today’s K12 graduates can start the process of changing the wrong perspective by choosing their courses well and staying in the country once they’ve graduated.