The Dark Legacy Of Tyranny: How Bashir Destroyed Education

"Dictatorship should not be tried at home! It is counterproductive. Its fruits are sweet at the short term but more of sugar coated bitter medicinal concoction. It is not healthy!"

By Deng Choldit
The case of Omer El Bashir(wen Malan Ayak Akat) of the neighbouring Sudan.

Tyranny doesn't only kill the spirit of democracy in a nation, but it destroys: creativity, development, transparency, resilience, nationalism, competitiveness, accountability, renovation, meritocracy, progress and count them.

During my undergrad studies at the University of Juba (UoJ), our late professor who taught the Sudanese education came across the question of who was responsible for the decline of quality and standard education and how educational system in the Sudan got diluted, corrupted, sabotaged and rendered useless.

We couldn't hint on the right answers. Everyone made attempts to answer it but none got it right. The Prof Volunteered and began to dissect and explain in depth who destroyed the Sudanese education.

He placed Bashir and his system at the heart of the decline in educational standards, something that surprised almost everyone of us as to how a semi illiterate president could bring down what was a fully fledged sector.

He didn't wait for questions from us. After learning that most of us were children who were born and raised at wartime. He understood none of us knew anything about old Sudan history of development and progress. And these developments were all destroyed under the regime of Mr Bashir.

He said, Bashir after seizing power, decided to destroy education through introduction of a populist system of education, a system where merit didn't matter.

He (Bashir) reduced the cut-off points for University entry, making it possible for everyone to go to the university, contrary to the elitist system of education which had existed for years and which was key in regulating, maintaining and controlling quality educational standard.

What was the end result?
He continued, ' the universities were increased regardless of the standard and the teaching profession made less attractive by depriving the workforce of financial motivation. The army was valued more than other service providing sectors.

The elites eventually had to be sending their children to study abroad under the system they rejected at home. Simply, because their own, according to them, would later, after acquiring better education, occupy their places.

However, with the unprecedented ousting of Bahsir, the widely strongly held predetermined succession didn't work out as they thought. Things took unpredictable routes. The children are now left with worldclass papers, languishing on foreign soils, while their parents are on the run. The poorly educated ones, who were children of commoners, inherited the system. Isn't that a double loss?

The highly educated happen to be children of the men and women who are now on the run or at large. They could not come back home and help their people with skills acquired due to fear of repercussions from people their relatives or parents harmed.

Yet the ones in the country do not have quality knowledge that should be instrumental in advancing Sudan's development objectives and agenda.

That is the worst of dictatorship. It deprives the best brains the country should use in meeting its development agenda and contrarily empowers weak headed people who are not prepared naturally to effect the needed changes in the area of development due to their limited knowledge, zeal, creativity and low energies.

Bashir brought down everything, from the best Sudanese culture, art and pride to the destruction of Islamic teachings.

He wasn't a devout Muslim. Who says weak brained and low energies follow any religion and its teachings? They tend to support any religion that is strong with huge following at the time as part of their manipulative stratagem to keep and maintain dominance and remain in power.

Bashir should be a good example to most of us.
If for anything, everyone has to borrow from his story a leaf. His story is worth studying, so as to avoid going through the hell Bashir is traversing today.

Although he doesn't regret all he did, he is human. The pain, anguish and suffering he made others go through has finally visited his household.

Top personalities like late Mohammed Wardi, Hussein Al Turbai, Ibrahim Nuggud and hundred others died knowing that Sudan was no longer the country they had held up in art, politics and religion. They died knowing Sudan was taken to hell by Bashir and his cohorts and the heartless governance they experienced wouldn't disappear at all.

They could not have imagined, that the man who had humiliated everyone who should be respected by the gift one had at birth or through sacrifices would end up behind bars in steel rounded prisons he thought were meant for sons and daughters of other women not his. Majority of them died unhappy souls. If one knew what Bashir fate would be, they would have died the happiest of souls.

Dictatorship should not be tried at home! It is counterproductive. Its fruits are sweet at the short term but more of sugar coated bitter medicinal concoction. It is not healthy!

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