CRUTATOR has seen some proud parents drag their young kids to the South African Embassy to get study permits for primary school.
It’s not surprising that there are people who still think everything from across the border is superior.
They think by sending their children to South African schools they are getting real value for their money.
Where they get such an idea is a mystery because Scrutator is yet to come across any evidence to prove that South Africa’s primary school education is better than that of Lesotho.
The inferiority of Lesotho’s primary education only exists in the heads of self-hating Basotho who seem obsessed with foreign things.
Research has shown that the quality of primary education in South Africa is poor compared to that of almost all countries in southern Africa, including Lesotho.
Yes, you heard me right, South Africa’s primary education is tosh, compared to countries around it and a small one it surrounds.
The Global Competitiveness Report recently released by the World Economic Forum (ww.weforum.org.gcr) ranks the quality of South Africa’s primary education number 132 out of 144 countries studied.
Jacob Zuma’s country scores a lowly 2.3 on a scale of seven.
Only Mozambique scores worse than that in southern Africa.
When it comes to the overall quality of education South Africa’s rank of 140 makes it the worst in the region.
In terms of the quality of math and science training the pompous bully of southern Africa is ranked 143 out of 144 countries.
That means it is better than only one of the 144 countries assessed.
Lesotho is ranked 107 (3.1 out of seven) on the quality of primary education, 102 (3.2) on the overall quality of education and 119 (3.0) on math and science education.
That shows that Lesotho is far better than South Africa when it comes to the quality of basic education.
It simply means if the quality of Lesotho’s education is bad then South Africa’s is terrible.
So which countries are ranked the best in those three categories in Southern Africa? Mauritius is ranked the best on the quality of primary education followed by Botswana and then Zimbabwe.
On quality of math and science training Mauritius is the best, followed by Zimbabwe and then Botswana.
On the quality of education Zimbabwe is ranked the best, followed by Zambia and then Mauritius.
Scrutator will not say more lest the petty bourgeoisie class in Lesotho accuses her of jealous and bitterness.
ake all the fools out of this world and there wouldn’t be any fun living in it, or profit.”
Those were the words of American humourist Josh Billings sometime in the 19th century.
Scrutator came across the quote in 2005 while reading what other humans in history had to say about fools and foolishness.
Since then she has met thousands of fools who unfortunately did not prove that this world would be less fun without them.
Many of them actually provided compelling evidence that their exit from this earth will actually be beneficial to the world.
They provided neither fun nor profit.
Scrutator laughed her head off when she heard Refiloe Litjobo confessing on radio how he had fallen for a con introduced centuries before he was even a remote idea.
The man the people of Korokoro constituency told to go hang during the May 26 election said he had used M60 000 to buy a special chemical that supposedly makes fake money real.
He bought the chemical, which turned out to be water, from a Zambian and a Congolese.
Litjobo then warned people to be wary of such evil con artistes.
Soon some people were calling the radio station to sympathise with him.
Scrutator thinks there is nothing sad about the story of a greedy man who willingly lost money to a con that even a toddler would have noticed.
Litjobo got exactly what he deserved and his story is actually hilarious.
If you don’t see anything funny in his story then you have the brain the size of a full stop at the end of this sentence. A mere dot is what you have for a brain.
His is just a side-splitting story of a man who was foolish enough to think he can make a loti out of 15 lisente without breaking a sweat.
In short, Litjobo was stupid to fall for a trick that even his great grandfather could have laughed off.
It’s not as if Litjobo was not desperate for money to survive because, by his own admission, he had M60 000 to invest in a dubious deal.
What he really wanted was a means to get rich quickly without working.
The thieves from the north only took advantage of his greed and naivety.
To say the thieves were clever would be to give them undue credit because their trick only worked on a greedy man.
Instead of sympathising with Litjobo people must make him the butt of cruel jokes.
Parents must always point at him when they want to show their children a living example of what happens when you are greedy.
Scrutator is aware that the man will be calling her editors to complain and even threaten to sue the newspaper for alleged defamation but she doesn’t give a hoot.
It is quite ridiculous to believe there is a chemical which makes fongkong currency real.
She will also get crèche kids to testify that in their few years on this earth they have not seen any man sillier than him.
So if he doesn’t want to be embarrassed in court Litjobo must just cool down and allow Scrutator to laugh. He is the joke of the year.
The comic relief is appreciated ntate.
crutator hears that the teachers at our glorified high school called National University of Lesotho (NUL) are hopping mad over her article last week.
For merely reminding the teachers that there is nothing special about their jobs, she was called unprintable names.
Scrutator is not perturbed by the cries of those spoilt brats.
If anything, she is pleased that the teachers continue to parade their haughtiness and inane ideas for all to see.
Recently, they have begun to threaten to boycott classes if they are not paid the three months salaries which were withheld during their strike last year.
They argue they should be paid because they have made up for the time lost during the strike.
The logic behind their argument is not supported by the sound reasoning you would expect from people teaching at the highest institute of education in the country.
The “no work, no pay policy” is a concept understood by every union in the world.
It is predicated on the understanding that you can be paid for the work you have done.
A salary is compensation for work done at a time prescribed by the employer. NUL teachers are paid for the days they worked in a month.
They cannot choose when they want to work for if that was the case a lecturer would simply pack his lectures within two months of a semester and then enjoy a salary for the rest of the semester while at home.
The lecturers cannot argue that they recovered time lost during the strike to justify why they should be paid.
The only reason they had to work hard to recover the time lost is because they had not worked at a prescribed time. They were not doing it to recover their salaries but to help students catch up on learning time lost.
It’s as simple as that.
If you don’t work in December you cannot be paid the salary for that month simply because you have done the work you were supposed have done then in January.
NUL salaries are paid based on the days worked and not the amount of work done in a day.
The best the teachers can hope for is some sort of an overtime for the extra hours they put in to recover the time lost.
Paying them those salaries will be patently illegal and scandalous.
till on the issue of salaries, Scrutator has been watching the Marikana debacle with interest.
She would like to pass her condolences to the families that lost their loved ones during the fiasco.
What happened in Marikana were coldblooded state sponsored murders.
For those heinous crimes, people must be brought to justice.
But Scrutator cannot understand why the striking miners are insisting that they should earn R12 500 per month.
You see, the unwritten law of labour is that the more the physical pain involved in your work the smaller the pay cheque. A job that involves a lot of sweating pays less than one that requires more thinking.
The more you sweat the less the money you earn.
That is why salary negotiations have never involved the calculation of kilojoules a worker needs to do their job.
It’s never about the physical energy the worker uses.
Do you know of any job that involves lots of sweating and pays well?
Capitalism rewards brain power rather than muscle power. Those who do general jobs get general salaries no matter the value of the product they are producing.
The easier you are to replace with another human being or a machine the less you get paid.
The mineworkers in Marikana should not pretend that they did know this all along.
leave with the story of Swaziland’s minister of culture, sports and youth affairs, Hlobi Ndlovu, who spoke her mind after a newspaper told her that her husband has been hurting since catching her with another man at a lodge at OR Tambo Airport.
Ndlovu had allegedly been caught red-handed by her husband Samuel Fidelis who is a South African businessman and pastor.
When the Sunday World called her Ndlovu said: “If my husband is hurting, he must buy Panado and drink it with lots and lots of water to relieve the pain.”