I laughed aloud when I first watched the TV advertisement showing a bunch of schoolboys in a bus giving directions to a Caucasian tourist. One of them tells her to "Just go straight aje and don't belok-belok" and it hits me hard that this isn't really funny. Its a disaster of sorts.
My youngest sister Rashadah, a teacher about to retire soon, calls them the "Lost Generation". This is especially so when many new teachers in our schools cannot even string together a decent sentence in English. In a rapidly globalising world, I am quite convinced that it is time now for us to hit the panic button.
I have noted that some young commenters of my blogs have also appeared not to quite fathom my writing and often missed my drift completely. The fact that I have always abhorred verbose prose, often use nautical terms and do not believe in membebel doesn't really help, of course. I can only blame it on our educational system which seems to gohead and gostan even on the language to be used in teaching science and mathematics in schools, for example.
Perhaps the powers-that-be need to stay focused. Don't belok-belok.
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