Ed­u­ca­tion doesn’t guar­an­tee a job

Sunday Tribune - - LETTERS -

THERE was a time when even pri­mary school ed­u­ca­tion was af­ford­able to only the fairly wealthy.

Those who never saw the in­side of a class­room had to set­tle for low-pay­ing jobs or ac­cept un­em­ploy­ment. What has changed now is that even the mid­dle class and the wealthy who spend a small for­tune on pri­mary, sec­ondary, ter­tiary and even post-grad­u­ate ed­u­ca­tion have no guar­an­tee of jobs.

Ma­tric­u­lants of­ten take jobs as petrol at­ten­dants or at tyre-fit­ment cen­tres. Many of the young women scur­ry­ing to work are prob­a­bly ma­tric­u­lants re­signed to work as do­mes­tic ser­vants.

Poor par­ents get frus­trated when their ed­u­cated chil­dren re­main un­em­ployed and the young­sters be­come de­pressed and dis­il­lu­sioned.

The day is not far away when the poor stop send­ing their chil­dren to school. Ed­u­ca­tion will­re­vert to be­ing re­served for the rich. An up­side could be the rich send­ing their chil­dren to univer­sity, not to seek jobs that no longer ex­ist but for the right rea­son – to de­velop their minds.

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