To most of us, education is the key to success and we are convinced that without it, one can never be able to sustain himself. However, education in my perspective, refers to the process of teaching, training and learning to improve knowledge and develop skills. Education is divided into two types which are formal and informal.
Starting with informal education, many teenagers in Uganda despise this kind of education. Actually, it’s known to be restricted to rural areas. Perhaps that is why there is increased immorality and pseudo-modernity amongst teenagers. The education being referred to, is the one provided in villages, homes and is commonly provided by relatives. It emphasizes practice of what has been taught for example collecting firewood and fetching water. An has nothing to do with the black / white board.
Unlike informal education, formal education is the type of education provided in schools, colleges and universities. In Uganda, this education is more theoretical than it would be practical. In most cases, a sum of money is paid to obtain this education but fortunately in Uganda, UPE and USE programmes have played a big role in reducing expenses for little income earners. However, is this system favorable? Personally, I object and have this to say.
In most Ugandan schools, cramming is the order of the day. This is because teachers are always in a race to complete their syllabuses in time. This race prompts them to teach all day and even part of the night. This leaves students less time to understand, plus pressure from parents and guardians that keeps on building. In the end, it results into cramming, misfiring and examination malpractice. This means that most graduates qualify with little or no knowledge of what they have studied, making applicability of what they might have thought they learnt difficult once the hit the field.
Education, in whatever form, is expected to produce a wholesome being. To be a little clear, one should graduate with a proper understanding of what he has learnt whilst in school. This will enable him/her be a job creator and have little or no challenge in attaining a job.
What has been mentioned above is half of what a child should obtain from a school. The other part is morality i.e one should have core values like integrity, humility, respect, tenacity and should be hardworking as well. These enable a person to out compete the high rate of unemployment in the field. Value addition is also key if one is to be successful. Lastly schools should develop a reading culture among students to enable them be knowledgeable and more useful in the future. I will say understanding is better than cramming, if one wants to be extraordinary. If all this is implemented, we are likely to see a decrease in under / unemployment.