OPINION

No going back on education reforms

Everyone knows that there are many ways for our country to move forward, but what is certain to keep it stuck is its failure to drag the higher education sector out of its current rut. It is clear that the situation with our universities and technical colleges has reached a deadlock. Our educational institutions are not just turning out graduates who have little to offer society but they are also fueling a trend of underdevelopment and lost opportunities. It is clear to all that things must change quickly and radically, and in spite of the reactions of established guilds and corporations. The reform of our educational sector is more than necessary; it is an indisputable prerequisite for our country’s survival in an age of globalization. The government has no way of back-pedaling on the reformist agenda for our country’s higher education sector. It is not even really at liberty to water down proposals by the committee of academics that has been set up to offer recommendations to the government about possible changes. It cannot delay any longer in pushing through proposed changes. June is probably too soon to submit the draft law to Parliament, November will be too late, so October is the right time. Our country cannot wait any longer. It has already missed so many opportunities and cannot afford to miss any more.