“Therefore, as young people, we can no longer be subjected to an education system that says to us 'forget all your skills and talents and focus on learning so you can work for someone else'. We believe a uniform education system will force the government to comply with the Norms and Standards of Schools as stated in the South African Schools Act.”The statement went on to say that the recent incidents of racism in private schools are an indication that they have not transformed. It still appears as if those born in rich families believe themselves to be superior to those of disadvantaged backgrounds.
“The government should directly have control over what is being taught to its young people and the privatisation of education makes it hard to do so.”The campaign has one glaring flaw, though. If the government has failed to provide quality education or failed to adequately manage its schools, why would we want to nationalize private schools and bring them down to the same level? Why are we continuously lowering the standard of education? Instead, we should be focusing on making public schools better. There’s no good reason to nationalize private schools and entirely obliterate South Africa’s educational system. It could be that the anonymous group is simply suffering from Crab Mentality or Tall Poppy Syndrome. Tall Poppy Syndrome is when people of high status are resented, attacked, cut down and / or criticised simply because they have been classified as superior to their peers. This is similar to begrudgery, the resentment or envy of the success of a peer. Crab Mentality is a flawed way of thinking best described by the phrase:
"If I can't have it, neither can you."The metaphor refers to a bucket of live crabs, some of which could easily escape, but other crabs pull them back down to prevent any from getting out and ensure the group's collective demise. South Africa’s grim history needs to be accounted for. But, to suggest the destruction of the entire system is simply not the answer.