Fo­cus on your stud­ies

Sunday World - - Letters Opinion -

AMID the rev­e­la­tions of Pallo Jor­dan s mis­qual­i­fi­ca­tions and his de­ci­sion to re­sign, it is in­ter­est­ing to see how many young peo­ple have jumped on to the band­wagon of mak­ing him a laugh­ing stock.

My con­cern is that most of these young peo­ple don’t even hold a ma­tric cer­tifi­cate.

They spend their time on so­cial me­dia in­stead of fo­cus­ing on their per­sonal devel­op­ment.

There is noth­ing in­her­ently wrong with so­cial me­dia, but it is a big prob­lem when we spent most of our time on so­cial me­dia, rather than fo­cus­ing on our books. Nel­son Man­dela said: Ed­u­ca­tion is the most pow­er­ful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

I would like to en­cour­age my fel­low young peo­ple to take ed­u­ca­tion se­ri­ously be­cause with­out it, you can’t even be­gin to imag­ine a bet­ter South Africa.

Young peo­ple are the fu­ture of this coun­try.

We can learn a lot from the many sagas of

mis­qual­i­fi­ca­tions and mis­rep­re­sen­ta­tions of aca­demic cre­den­tials, such as that in­volv­ing SABC boss Hlaudi Mot­soe­neng.

Young peo­ple should be en­cour­aged to fo­cus on their stud­ies, not only to de­velop them­selves but also so­ci­ety.

This is a cru­cial time of the year when ter­tiary in­sti­tu­tions are about to close the 2015 in­take.

Young peo­ple should use the re­main­ing weeks to fo­cus on fin­ish­ing their ma­tric and ap­ply­ing at these in­sti­tu­tions.

The world is ours, but if we fail to seize the op­por­tu­ni­ties given to us, then we are doomed. Tom Mh­langa Braam­fontein

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