crutator would like to start by sincerely apologising to teachers who might have been offended when she said a degree in education is easy last week.
She did not mean to offend those devoted to the business of “panel beating” minds in our schools.
Scrutator respects their immense contribution to society.
But, and this is a big BUT, she also knows that a teacher also has the capacity to damage innocent souls.
You see, teaching is generally considered a “calling”.
You can either teach or you can’t.
There are good teachers and bad teachers just as there are good lawyers and bad lawyers.
The problem we have in Africa is that there are lots of people who get into teaching out of desperation or as a stepping stone to other careers.
Most of them are in it for survival rather than passion for the job.
The result is that the teaching profession has taken delivery of some bitter individuals who are unhappy with their jobs and would rather be doing something to earn a living.
The bottom-line is that not all teachers are “panel beating” brains.
Others are just getting along while waiting for the next big break or the next pay cheque.
What happens to the poor souls is none of their business.
Scrutator will not apologise for saying that.
n the same vein, she will not apologise for criticising NUL.
Any NUL graduate who thinks any criticism of NUL is an attack on their integrity has nothing between their ears or they learnt nothing from that university.
This noise about Scrutator’s criticism being unfair and unconstructive is just hokum.
She loves the university and she will not stand-by while it sinks to mediocrity.
That is why she will not allow its graduates to shield it from criticism.
We only have one proper university in this country and it must work properly.
Those who get pissed every time NUL is criticised are exercising their freedom to get angry at things but they must not threaten a jihad on those who speak their minds.
By the way, Scrutator doesn’t write news but opinions.
Anyone who can’t differentiate news from opinions in a newspaper is masquerading as a NUL graduate.
An opinion needs not be fair or balanced.
he allegations that Scrutator criticises NUL because she didn’t qualify to study there are laughable.
All you need to get into NUL is a COSC which is basically “O Level”.
It is not for nothing that that certificate is called “O Level”.
NUL graduates must not behave like they wrote some exceptionally tough exams to get into NUL.
They passed ordinary level and they went to an ordinary university.
Ordinary simply means “not unusual”.
In other countries you pass it so that you go to Advanced Level (A-Level) to qualify for university.
O Level students are not wanted anywhere near a university.
The fact is that O Level was designed to make sure that people have an average level of acumen and they function in a literate society.
There is nothing exceptional about it.
So to all those who think it’s hard to get into a university that accepts “O Levels”, please just cut scrap or drink some water.
Scrutator has no time for blabbermouths who think they have a monopoly over free speech.
This brouhaha over her criticism of NUL only serves to prove that NUL is failing to improve O Level students.
HE fact that the coalition government has nothing substantial to show for its first 100 days in office is now as clear as a pig’s behind.
A fortnight ago Tommy’s polygamous government hurried to announce a long list of what it believed were worthy achievements it had notched in the first 14 weeks in power.
The earth-shattering announcements we had anticipated on the first 100 days of this cobbled-up government turned out to be just a damp squib.
It was just hot air.
Sympathetic forecasters, excitable apparatchiks and overzealous bootlickers had promised thunder but what we got on November 8 were just minor showers.
It was such a sad sight to watch the government scrambling to show off minor successes to prove that it has done some real work in the first four months after it stumbled into power.
What made the spectacle particularly appalling was that no one had put the government under pressure to make those grand promises.
It is awful to miss targets set for you by another person but scandalous to miss targets you have set for yourself.
In the end it showed that the government had underestimated the gravity of the problems it faced.
Scrutator thinks it has more to do with the innocent exuberance with which the coalition government approached the monumental task it faced when it took over from the Democratic Confusion
It was disappointing that even after the stampede to compile the so-called achievements Tommy himself admitted that his government had failed to compile the full list.
He promised that the full list of the achievements would come in the week beginning November 12.
hat was more like saying the government knows that it has achieved some things but is yet to get to grips with the specific details of its successes.
Only the coalition government knows why it needed more time to compile the full list.
Scrutator can only speculate that it could be because there are no valid achievements to talk about in the first place.
Honestly, real achievements don’t need weeks to be compiled.
You don’t need to search for them — its either they are there or they are not.
If they are there then they stick out like a sore thumb.
They don’t play hide and seek.
But having said that, Scrutator appreciates that Tommy’s government feels it is obligated to report back to the people on its progress no matter how small it is.
It is refreshing to have a government that knows that it was elected by the people and is accountable to them.
Scrutator recalls that during the previous government we only heard the prime minister talking to the people after coming from a foreign trip.
Press conferences were a taboo under the previous government.
In those days Pakalitha Mosisili would gallivant the globe and on his return to Lesotho numbingly boring press conferences would be organised for him to talk about some conference he had attended.
In the end people who had better things to do like Scrutator just stuffed their ears to avoid hearing the prime minister showing off how much he had travelled.
In contrast, this polygamous government seems eager to talk to people about domestic issues.
Its problem however is that it talks so much that sometimes it just waffles.
That could be because it hasn’t found its feet or its ministers are just overwhelmed by their job descriptions.
Some ministers could still be pinching themselves to make sure that it is they who now occupy cabinet positions.
That is all Scrutator could utter when she heard TV Lesotho, that silly excuse of a national broadcaster, appending the ‘DR’ title to Tommy’s name.
News bulletins which were already torturously long are now worse because viewers have to contend with sentences that include “The Right Honourable Prime Minister Dr Motsoahae Thomas Thabane . . .”
Not so long ago the same news readers with shoddy make-up were obsessed with the “The Right Honourable Prime Minister Dr Pakalitha Bethuel Mosisili”.
Blame it all on that university that likes currying favours with the leaders of this country by giving them honorary degrees.
What worries Scrutator is the vim with which the apparatchiks in government embraced that title.
It is not normal practice for recipients of honorary degrees to append the ‘Dr’ title to their names.
In any case, Scrutator doesn’t think the prime minister would take exception to being just being called Prime Minister Thomas Thabane or simply Tom Thabane. He has always said he is an ordinary man.
Scrutator will call him Tommy until bootlickers puke with disgust.
The BBC never referred to Tony Blair as “The Right Honourable Prime Minister Anthony Charles Lynton Blair”.
Even now you would never hear David Cameroon being referred to as “The Right Honourable Prime Minister David William Donald Cameron”.
Did you know that the full name of the US president is Barack Hussein Obama II but he is referred to as just Barack Obama?
Closer home, President Jacob Zuma, Tommy’s buddy, was awarded the title of Honorary Professor of International Relations by Peking University in 2012 but he remains Jacob Zuma in the media in 2012.
This obsession with middle names and given titles seems unique only to Lesotho and a few other African countries.
It is just an archaic practice that wastes precious air time, newsprint and breath.
Malaysia, the country which gave us this heavy burden of a university, is also obsessed with titles.
Little wonder the university’s founder’s name is such a mouthful.
They call him Professor Emeritus Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Dr Lim Kok Wing.
Apparently, the title of “Professor Emeritus” was handed to him.
Tan Sri, Dato’ Sri and Dr are also given titles.
The madman of Zimbabwe is now referred to as “His Excellency the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Defence Forces Cde Mugabe”.
It’s just pathetic.
That reminds Scrutator of how news readers in Uganda used to struggle during the ruthless leadership of a psycho they called Idi Amin.
During that time the Uganda national radio station was required to call him “His Excellency President for Life, Field Marshal Alhaji Dr Idi Amin Dada, VC, DSO, MC, CBE”.
Any deviation was severely punished.
Those days are gone.