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With it being Youth Month, I thought I’d touch on a valid point that was raised in the office last week.

Why aren’t crucial aspects of adult life such as tax, insurance, saving and investment, medical aid, loans, maintaining a positive credit record and more taught to schoolgoers?

Many adults, including myself, don’t fully grasp matters such as tax – a reality of life that everyone eventually faces.

While education on sex in school is highly important (a subject that’s set to receive a major overhaul as the Department of Basic Education prepares to roll out comprehensive sexuality education in schools), the above mentioned deserves further attention. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the June 16, 1976 Soweto student uprising – a day in South African history that symbolises the resistance to the brutality of the apartheid government.

Let’s take the time to pay tribute to the brave students who stood up for their rights to proper education on that fateful day.

With the likes of modern student protest movements such as #FeesMustFall, the fight for education continues in the country – a sign that there are broader social and educational issues at play in South Africa. What are we doing as a local community to help bridge the gap?