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A degree holder, A president

A lot of Issues has been raised in the on going making of the republican constitution here. But this time its more then an ear can comprehend, "a presidential candidate must posses a degree"!.

The debate of whether or not to endorse and adopt first degree requirement for a presidential candidate in the republican constitution has raised a lot of concern in the country. One may ask whether this has come up because the current president is a degree holder! A developing nation like ours which only has two big and a recent one which makes it three government universities still faces a lot of challenges. If at all the clause with a presidential candidate a degree holder is endorsed and adopted this will disadvantage a lot of marginalized groups in society. Few intelligient vulnerable/ Poor people go to these two universities because they are not only competitive but expensive . To make matters worse, most of the women in Zambia are still lacking behind in education and especially university level.women are still fighting for gender equality in many sectors of the country including education and decision making positions,yet a new law which will disadvantage them more is been debated on.

I feel what makes a president is the qualities of a good leader he Posses. The qualities which are inborn and the desire to serve the nation and not the qualification he attains. A real leader who delivers is one chosen by God and not man made.

We have had and have heard of great leaders who never attained a degree or college diploma reign and develop their nation. In as much as education is concerned, there is need for every human being with the passion to serve and develop the nation to be given the right to contest for presidency.


jadefrank's picture


Hi Dando,

First of all - it's so good to hear your voice again on PulseWire! How are you? I love reading your journals!

Second, thank you for bringing up such a thought-provoking topic. In the United States, education is free (and required by law) up through secondary school, and while quite expensive for most universities, there are many community colleges where you can takes classes for a reasonable cost and there are student loan programs affording a large percentage of the population the opportunity to get educated if they desire. So for people in the global north, we too demand that our president and really any member of Congress have a university degree. And because education is so accessible, the issue here becomes the scrutiny over how prestigious your university is where you got your degree, as well as subsequent degrees (masters, doctorate, law degree, etc). The top universities are very difficult to get into and cost up to $50,000 per year - so most politicians come from very wealthy and/or powerful families. So while a very different set of problems, we have a similar issue. And of course gender and race discrimination plays heavily into the US education system as well... though more so in funding for schools and performance testing.

However, in Zambia, where getting a degree is impossible for a large portion of the population based on financial obstacles of gender/race bias, I think that perhaps the heart of the issue is the lack of opportunities for women and rural tribes/communities to get educated. Education is power and personally I feel that it's necessary for the leader of a nation to be educated so that they have the tools to protect, advocate for and advance their nation. However, everyone should have the equal opportunity to access education so that those who are natural leaders who possess the passion and desire to lead a nation, have the opportunity to acquire the knowledge to empower themselves and become truly great leaders. But how to create that equality when the current leaders are not a true representation of their population?

You have really got me thinking Dando! Thank you for raising such an important issue.


Dando's picture

I agree with you

education is power and everyone should have equal access to education. In as much as education is important for any leader It is also important that eduaction is accessible and free. It is difficulty to acquire education when its very expensive and a lot of people live on less then a dollar per day. Almost anyone with a desire to become a leader would like to obtain a degree but as the situation is, I think the rich and priviledged in society will continue to rule the vulnerable.

thanks and God bless

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