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30 years from home

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A major personal anniversary almost escaped my attention: it was thirty years ago today that I landed in Johannesburg, to start my seventeen-year stay in South Africa.

I would say that the main impact of this stay was on my education: I received a better Primary and Secondary education than I might have received in Scotland, but when that was over I was unable to go any further: university education was (and still is) a luxury there, only for those with money, connections, or a genius-level IQ.

I don’t mind admitting that it’s annoying to see “a degree – any degree” (paraphrased) on job applications, as if it’s a basic requirement, as if someone without that piece of paper has somehow failed. Had I taken a degree directly from school it would be obsolete by now, so what is the point?

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Written by brian t

January 3, 2005 at 11:00 pm

Posted in life

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