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MBABANE – “Do not be trapped by doctrine.” This was a fatherly advice given by the Minister of Education and Training, Phineas Magagula, to graduating students of the Swaziland College of Technology (SCOT) yesterday.

The minister explained that doctrine or dogma was living with the results of other people’s thinking.
“Do not let the noise of other people’s opinions drown out your own inner voice,” he added.

Speaking during the 18th graduation ceremony that was held at the college’s premises, Magagula advised the students to take leaf from Steve Jobs who once said: “Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. Everything else is secondary.”


He also told them that their time was limited, meaning that they should not waste it by emulating other people’s lives.
This statement was received with applause from the approximately 2 000 people made up of friends, relatives and graduates.
The minister, who is also a pastor, further warned the graduating learners that they were now going to face activities that would test the foundations of their grooming from SCOT.

“Yes, your academic intelligence will be put to test by various situations at work,” he said.
Magagula said within the confines of this compound, bound by friendships of colleagues and under the watchful eyes of the principal and lecturers, the students did not have much choice other than to conform to the honour code.

He made comparison that in the real world, most of the students would be alone and may fall prey to widely practised norms of society, most of which would violate their honour.

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