School – The Lost Years (Day 1)

By on August 11, 2016

There is not much in the way of hope nowadays when it comes to the education system not just in Uganda but all over the world. It almost feels like one pays chunks of money just to keep their children out of trouble for about two decades and thereafter the little demons venture into the world and figure things out for themselves.

Schools are now little prisons where we take our children to stay away from the ruthless and harsh world of reality before throwing them into the same world when they are too old to function or learn anything new.

Of course quite naturally everyone is interested in making sure that their little angels end up in the finest schools and are tutored by some of the finest experts, feeding on the most expensive meals and dressed in the most classy outfits. However it seems like all this simply goes to waste as soon as children walk out of the education system.

Stories are told of parents who take their children to school and almost forget to pick them on the last day of school not because they are irresponsible but because they have gotten used to leading lives with their children safely tucked away in boarding schools far away.

When we were in school, there are several things that were drummed into our heads regarding what is expected of us after the entire education process. Either you were going to be a lying lawyer, dirty engineer, poor teacher, sad doctor or thieving accountant. At the end of the day it was paramount that you picked a career that would make you rich.

When I jumped out of the system after the University I realized a number of fibs had woven. First of all, the purpose of education is not to prepare you to get wealthy but rather to prepare to make some other person wealthy. The wealthiest people in this world are never really the teachers, doctors, lawyers or engineers. The wealthiest people are the farmers, loan sharks, government ministers and descendants of rich people.

That is one lie that you can only discover once you get out of school.

While I thank my parents for taking me to some of the best schools and making sure I did not lack anything throughout my pathetic time in school, I wonder what would have happened to me if they had let me figure things out sooner than later. I know one has to go through the education system to possess some kind of appeal to Ugandan employers but perhaps I was not interested in bending low for these employers. Perhaps I was thinking of becoming an employer myself. Would it then not make sense for me to follow a different path?

Many years after completing the education process from Kindergatten to University I now realize that there are certain crucial lessons I did not learn in school. And if I had learned these lessons earlier in life, maybe I would not have wasted a good chunk of my days struggling to wake up for morning prep and share a bench with that other noisy chap back in Primary School. Maybe I would not have wasted my parents’ money paying school fees to go and be homesick throughout the term while wondering whether my parents even loved me.

It might be pushing it a tad too far to say that schools made me no better but I can safely say that schools did a great job slowing down my process of blossoming.

This is the first of seven blog posts under the theme ‘Schools Made Me No Better’ as part of the #UGBlogWeek Challenge – a brain child of the Uganda Blogging Community. Feel free to drop a comment, take part in the challenge or share your opinion(s) on the blog or anything you feel like.

“I did then what I knew how to do. Now that I know better, I do better.” ― Maya Angelou

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  1. Kirabo Byabashaija

    August 11, 2016 at 6:04 pm

    Lol at the wealthiest people…
    Tehehe… Don’t let the kids read this blog!

    • beewol

      August 12, 2016 at 4:14 am

      Don’t worry. The kids have no data 🙂

  2. Joel Benjamin Ntwatwa

    August 11, 2016 at 9:50 pm

    To be honest. I agree with a lot of the things you say up there. In fact you said those things better than me. Sometimes I wonder, was it the schools, the parents or…. Anyway great one. Let’s hope school was not utterly useless though.

    • beewol

      August 12, 2016 at 4:15 am

      Hard to tell how useful it is when I studied one thing and I am practicing another. Sad.

  3. Roland

    August 12, 2016 at 6:02 am

    If there was a way one could explore alternative ways of educating their kids without them being stigmatised later in life because of lack of traditional academic documents….

  4. Roland Byagaba

    August 12, 2016 at 6:05 am

    If there was a way one could explore alternative ways of educating their kids without the fear of them being stigmatised later in life because of lack of traditional academic documents…

    • beewol

      August 19, 2016 at 10:35 am

      Indeed, if only …

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  6. skaheru

    August 12, 2016 at 9:53 pm

    Sad but true – but I am certain Schools made you better in some way as well, even though it did slow you down… We need help.

    • beewol

      August 19, 2016 at 10:34 am

      True, it was not all gloom and doom. And yes- we need help. Today’s kids need not have the same regrets we have.

  7. Shanine

    August 12, 2016 at 10:05 pm

    I agree completely. The system definitely slowed our progress. Saying school made us no better is a little extremist.
    I get a little suffocated whenever I think of the wasted Time.

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