By JCI Maseru
While we appreciate the convergence into international markets/ globalisation, we believe that our national identity preservation remains key for resourceful human capital.
Our education system should at every level, have a module teaching aspects of our culture and practices so that we are kept reminded of who we are and where we come from.
We should learn so that we get equipped with knowledge to be a competent workforce as well as prominent business people with a refined business acumen and proficiency.
Quality education (QE) is that which means children of this country should not only be groomed to be best professionals in their respective careers so that they get employed, they should also be well trained to be best entrepreneurs that are able to grab business opportunities, be innovative and have skills to invent new product models.
Technology should be embraced and tapped into at early primary school education and gradually up to tertiary level. This is because we live in the information technology era which plays a crucial role in the competitive advantage of nations.
Another feature of QE is that of embedding/ incorporating diverse international languages, especially those of our international allies/ counterparts who we network with because of business and job relationships. Some of the languages are French, Mandarin and Hindi.
This is because effective communication is critical to the successful closure of deals and long term business relationships because parties to contracts should understand each other without any communication barrier.
While many people graduate to be best employees, there should also be many who graduate to be employers. This would counter the mismatch in the job market so that many can be offer employment as well.
The sad reality is, nowadays one has to be connected to those in authority or those occupying hiring (recruitment and selection) positions in order to get a job. Some have to bribe or pay certain amounts of money or any form of consideration to get the job they want.
What we also need to understand is professional qualifications no longer suffice on their own.
“What do u want to be when u grow up” is a question that most of us have been asked at one time or the other.
Ideally, this could be asked post-career guidance, assuming the person would then be well informed of the relevant industries which have the potential to absorb the kind skill they possess.
Not many would respond by saying “I want to be a business person.”
The trend therefore continues to be that of foreigners coming into our country, registering companies and hiring local citizens and when they pay what they like, we get upset yet we do little to create employment ourselves.
Our education system should instill the culture of innovation and entrepreneurship and advocate for enabling environments for young entrepreneurs, big businesses and investors.
Vocational training should be massively supported and trainees given adequate resources. Arts and talent should be embraced so that those who are not disposed towards formal education can also prosper in their chosen fields.
Education should also have a big role in politics and national governance especially in the context of the endemic political chaos in our country.
Thapelo Moroeng (PD)
Bokang Molelle (PDA)
Malikonelo Ntoa (EPD)