Why de­stroy uni­ver­si­ties?

Cape Argus - - Opinion - RIANNA WENTZEL Grassy Park

STOP protest­ing and be­come a game-changer.

This is (the def­i­ni­tion of ) process for univer­sity ad­mis­sion or col­lege ad­mis­sion.

Sys­tems vary widely from coun­try to coun­try, and some­times from in­sti­tu­tion to in­sti­tu­tion.

In many coun­tries, prospec­tive univer­sity stu­dents ap­ply for ad­mis­sion dur­ing their last year of high school or com­mu­nity col­lege. In some coun­tries, there are in­de­pen­dent or­gan­i­sa­tions or gov­ern­ment agen­cies to cen­tralise the ad­min­is­tra­tion of stan­dard­ised ad­mis­sion ex­ams and the pro­cess­ing of ap­pli­ca­tions.

The min­i­mum re­quire­ment for ad­mis­sion to un­der­grad­u­ate diploma study is a Na­tional Se­nior Cer­tifi­cate (NSC) as cer­ti­fied by Umalusi with an achieve­ment rat­ing of three (mod­er­ate achieve­ment, 40-49%) or bet­ter in four recog­nised NSC 20-credit sub­jects.

Who in their right minds would com­plete their school ca­reer, ob­tain a Na­tional Se­nior Cer­tifi­cate, ap­ply for ad­mis­sion to a ter­tiary in­sti­tute to study fur­ther – and then go on a ram­page of set­ting class­rooms alight, de­fac­ing gov­ern­ment prop­erty and dis­rupt lessons and/or ex­ams to prove a point?

If a mind-shift of that pro­por­tion is pos­si­ble, the hope for the fu­ture of the youth of this coun­try looks very bleak.

Why is it not pos­si­ble to sit down and talk about what the is­sues are? Why does it have to come to a point where prop­erty is de­stroyed just to be re­built?

Fees for ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion are be­com­ing more and more ex­pen­sive. Imag­ine sac­ri­fic­ing your time and ef­fort to get where you want to be aca­dem­i­cally, and then de­stroy­ing the in­sti­tute you ap­plied to, to fur­ther your stud­ies, and your po­ten­tial to be­come what you’ve al­ways dreamt of be­com­ing? Does it make sense? You were put on this earth to achieve your goals be­cause of your am­bi­tion to be great at what you do. It’s never too late to try again. Keep your feet on the ground and reach for the stars. Be­lieve that you are great and that you are an achiever. Prove it to your­self.

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