‘Decolonisers’ have no clear plan
Hi Tom! I have, for quite some time now, been struggling with the very same problem you have (letter published December 28) and that is, what university students mean by decolonising universities.
So far the defacing and removal of statues, name changing, the burning down of lecture halls, libraries, laboratories, administration buildings, overturning and setting cars alight, looting, roadblocks, hurling rocks and insults at the police and verbally insulting vice-chancellors etcetera, have had no effect in enhancing the status of our failing universities, nor have they increased the pass rate of our students. In fact, just the opposite.
Billions of rand have been wasted in the process. So much for leadership and intelligence.
How does one decolonise maths, history, geography, philosophy, art etcetera? How must the curriculum be changed?
By receiving tuition in one’s home language, or having only black lecturers and no whites, perhaps? How does a student who obtained his degree in Zulu cope in postgraduate work at, say, Oxford, where it is all in English?
Our education, both basic and tertiary, is just about the worst in the world, and there is no light at the end of the tunnel, just more violent protests to come.
A sad state of affairs indeed. Germiston