On September 3, 2012, I sat to listen to the midday news on what was the first day of the new school year. As I listened, the very first news item was that of roadblocks and protests as many decided to use the start of the new school year to register their frustration with the poor state of the roads alongside the need for running water in their respective communities.
I was shocked and disappointed by this as one would think that every effort would be made for children to enjoy their first day of school. Having to encounter debris and the chaos involved with a roadblock must have been traumatic for youngsters who had looked forward to meeting new friends and teachers at school.
I am aware that many will say it was done in the best interest of the children in that better roads and good water supply would improve their school experience. However, it should not have been at the expense of the affected students having a good start to the new school year. The news reported that many had to return home as they were unable to complete their journey to school.
Again, I do understand the reasoning behind the roadblocks and protests. The good of the cause must outweigh the inconvenience it brings to all involved. In this instance, the opposite was the case.