Editorial: What do Certificates Certify? (Parody)

This post is not intended to be taken seriously.

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? is a Latin phrase found in the work of the Roman poet Juvenal from his Satires (Satire VI, lines 347–8). It is literally translated as “Who will guard the guards themselves?”

Is there a special place certificates have to go before they get the required certification to become a chartered certificate? (ACCA= Association of Certificate Collectors & Awardees)

What with the recent influx of students striving to accumulate as many certificates as possible, the overall market value might have diminished as a consequence.

Think about it in this way: If everyone in the country who studies under national curriculum achieves GPA 5, then the universities will raise the bar and set Golden GPA as a minimum requirement. Similarly, if all the students chase certificates and not excellence in a particular field, then they would be missing out on the full package while at the same time making things difficult for themselves as well as others. An analogy can be constructed: Certificates are a lot like currency in the sense that more doesn’t necessarily mean better. A Dollar is worth 77 Taka.

Do not misconstrue what I am attempting to express. In no way is participation a bad thing. However, if people take part in events with the sole objective of getting a certificate then the event might be missing out on its target audience. This does to a certain extent affect the quality of the event without the organizers being at fault.

There are those who are genuinely interested in a plethora of different subjects and would like to possess a diverse repertoire. And there are those who prefer to focus on a particular subject with a one track mind. Although, both kinds of students are different, as long as they remain focused on whatever it is that they are doing, and act with passion and curiosity, that in itself is an achievement. One which cannot be “certified”.

To redefine ECA, watch this video.


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