Opinion | Rid educational institutions of interference and corruption
They are often controlled and enfeebled by external forces that have no commitment to education
My grandfather was the vice-chancellor (VC) of a university. My father was the founding VC of two universities, among the many roles he has played in education. When I became the founding VC of our university, in the mirror, I saw a part of reality which others did not. Social capital matters hugely, and a naïve faith in meritocracy can only lead to a gross misestimation of one’s own abilities. But many outsiders, unfamiliar with the privileged trajectory of my life, were very impressed by a person who became a VC before the age of 42.