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Happy holidays

19 December 2014

This week’s edition is our last for 2014 and we would like to take this opportunity to wish our readers and advertisers happy holidays.

As you take time off to reflect on a very eventful year in which we elected our third president and members of the sixth parliament since independence, may you also use this time to give to those less fortunate members of our society.

After a hard working year, this is the time to be joyful and be merry, but we need to do that in moderation and not forget that January is around the corner and you will still need to pay school fees for your kids.

It is important that as motorists you exercise patience on the roads as you travel to your various holiday destinations. As they say, drive to arrive alive.

We have lost too many of our productive brothers and sisters on the roads to earn the unenviable record of the country with the highest car-accident death rate in the world.

Despite the various road safety campaigns by the Road Safety Council, the MVA Fund and other stakeholders, we continue to record too many road accidents.

Some of the major contributors to the road carnage include drunk driving and fatigue. We understand we are a nation that loves to drink, but that is no reason to end your life and that of others.

Please as you drive on our roads put that bottle away because the consequences of drinking and driving are not worth it.

The same applies to those motorists who love to drive during the night. As much as possible, plan your trips on time and avoid driving during the night when visibility is poor.

We want to see you all back next year and contributing to the development of this beautiful country.

To transport operators, especially those travelling to and from the North, please don’t be greedy and force your drivers to make more than one trip per day which results in speeding.  No amount of money is worth risking the lives of your passengers.

Grade 10 results

On a rather sad note, our education system is still in the intensive care unit, and the Grade 10 results released this week are a painful reminder that we require a serious overhaul in the system.

A failure rate of almost 50 percent is not acceptable, and we should never fool ourselves that we are going somewhere because we are not.

No wonder that youth unemployment is so high in this country, and this will remain so for a number of years if we don’t do anything to rescue the situation.

Unfortunately, those tasked with the responsibility of managing our education system seems to be clueless on what they need to do to take us to the Promised Land.

One only needs to look at the confusion surrounding the change in curriculum for the lower primary level.

The postponement of mother tongue instructions for grades 1 to 4 shows that those managing the education system have no answers to the problems bedevilling the sector and are just bumping from one pillar to the next in the hope of somehow finding a solution in the process.


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