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Do you think an education reform is necessary for African countries that still practice colonial education?

All African countries that were colonized by the Western world are “free” from colonial rule in theory. But I can’t help but spot issues in education today resulting from modes of teaching, the syllabus and even the colonial curriculum. I still feel like post-colonial Africa still has a long way to go addressing education policy issues in a bid to break away from white supremacy. My thoughts are that an overhaul of the education system is what Africa needs. Is an education reform necessary?

Ashley Howard

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Jodi Brooks on February 2, 2018

I agree 100%! Education reforms are what African countries desperately need. Take the East African country of Kenya for instance; the unemployment rate is 39.1 percent yet the government has made steps towards ensuring that more and more Kenyan youth get educated. So what happens next? I don’t mean to trash the efforts that have been made towards literacy in the country. Not at all. In fact, props to the good work that has taken place. My concern is that year in, year out; parents break their backs to take their children to school in the hopes that they may get a better life than them. Sacrifices are made on the parents’ part; communities are involved in raising money to take their beloved son or daughter to the city to obtain a university degree.

The pride of the village gets the money that’s needed for further education and goes on to the city to get a degree; his key to a better future. He does get the degree but goes back home empty-handed because getting a job is hard. What’s the point of having all these papers and yet not being able to get a good job without having some sort of connection at the top? The issue with education today in Africa is the fact that it was tailored to benefit the white man.

Going back to my example of Kenya, the country is primarily agricultural. Why then is it that agriculture isn’t one of the mandatory subjects? It is an elective in high school that students barely look at because there are cooler subjects to study. After all, everyone knows that the sciences are what make the difference. This is clearly a red flag indicating an education policy issue. The education system is not relevant to the country’s need. The country has far too many lawyers, doctors and engineers but not enough people to till the land for food.

Africans need to wake up and realize that they are still under colonial rule decades after their white oppressors exited the positions of power. They cannot use white solutions to solve black problems. Just because it worked in the UK or the US doesn’t mean it will cut it for Africa. The high rates of joblessness cannot be equated to African youth’s lack of education. Instead it should be seen as the lack of the right type of education.

Kurt Price2 years ago

Hey guys, I’m going to agree and disagree to some extent. We cannot completely trash what you call “white education” because truth be told, the technology from the west has really helped Africa come a long way from the pre-colonial electricity-less system. I do agree that an education reform is necessary but not one that completely eliminates all things western. Let’s face it; even the internet that’s used in Africa is a means to share information did not originate in Africa. What African countries need is a balance. The decision lies solely on the governments. They need to develop systems where Africans flourish as opposed to systems that address issues which are not specific to Africa. Indeed the new technology that was introduced by the colonists benefited them greatly. However it’s time to remember what good there was before that and fuse it. The education system needs to be more practical for the continent to flourish.

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