From the minute we learn to read and write, we are pumped with knowledge and expected to be at the top of all classes and levels we reach. Parents, teachers and students at times kill our ego and self esteem if we don’t perform to the expected standards.
Homework is done more than sleep taken and this doesn’t stop until one is independent enough to study at their own pace.But does this actually mean they will be wealthier in future? Will they perform better at their work places when the time for employment comes?
Speaking to Pamela Kananura, a seasoned banker in Barclays Uganda; she said “Very clever people end up in prestigious audit firms and end up being under paid while being overworked. Others like some bright engineers are just ‘Mr. Fix it’ while the company owners that never studied much are on holiday abroad”.
Charlotte an HR professional says that “Actually people that performed averagely and poorly later hold big posts in companies. Many things affect poor performance in school, but in the work place, the dynamics are totally different. You need knowledge, skills and tact and the very intelligent people may not be rich in all .Grades only give you an opportunity to join a company; what puts you at the top, is a different game play all together”.
Putting aside failures in business, the harsh business environment that Uganda offers, if one gave a Senior Six dropout the tuition that they pay for another in the second semester, after a year the profits and lessons learnt would be much more. By the time the three to five years one spends at university are over, the business man will be an employer as the university graduate is looking for employment.
This is mainly because unemployment levels in Uganda are now very high. Under employment is also common as graduates never get to practice what they study. This never was the case ten years back.
Johnson, a mechanic in Kabale town never got a chance to enroll for university education. Having been orphaned at a very tender age, all his guardians could afford was to get him to send of higher secondary school but after this, he managed to get himself to a garage in 2006, learn all about cars and he managed to open a small garage after five years. He now boasts of a fully fledged garage, a spare parts shop and he owns 5 rental houses in Kabale town.[related_posts]
Where are we getting it wrong in Uganda? Is it the curriculum that needs to be adjusted from primary school or is the whole education system totally messed up if the geeks cannot be as wealthy as Mark Zuckerberg the CEO of Facebook and all the geeks that get real value for their intelligence?