The late Professor Ali Mazrui, one of Africa’s brightest intellectual stars of the twentieth century, identified three areas that face emerging population groups that are in transition. These include the struggle between contending cultures, the gender struggle and the struggle between state and society.
The Media Review Network, having noted the spat at the Pretoria High School for Girls which was established by an arch colonialist, Lord Milner, insist that our educational institutions should not be breeding grounds where students are dependent on euro-centric cultures. Instead they should be strongholds where indigenous cultures are protected, practised and preserved. The syllabi must be indigenised, domesticated, decolonised and made appropriate and suitable.
The humiliation experienced by the black learners at the Pretoria High School for Girls, is a continuation of the colonial attitude of the Penny Sparrows, Chris Harts, and the Mabel Jansens of this world. The #FeesMustFall as well as the #RhodesMustFall movements on our university campuses are a form of resistance to these colonial strangleholds that western capital monopoly have on our institutions of higher learning.
With Western Europe moving towards a greater sense of European unity, a resurgence of ethnic tribalism in post-colonial Africa is a distinct possibility. This will contribute to a new form global racist apartheid. It is therefore paramount that the South African Government does not allow neo-colonialism to take root in our country. The MEC for Education in Gauteng, Panyaza Lesufi, must be supported and commended for his quick and decisive steps taken, to weed out this menace.
Senior Researcher: Media Review Network
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