The repositioning of the HSRC to support educational change in post-apartheid South Africa

SOURCE: Society, research and power: a history of the Human Sciences Research Council from 1929-2019
OUTPUT TYPE: Chapter in Monograph
PUBLICATION YEAR: 2021
TITLE AUTHOR(S): M.M.Makgamatha, M.S.Mapadimeng, C.Namome
SOURCE EDITOR(S): C.Soudien, S.Swartz, G.Houston
KEYWORDS: EDUCATION, HUMAN SCIENCES RESEARCH COUNCIL, POST APARTHEID SOUTH AFRICA, TRANSFORMATION
DEPARTMENT: Inclusive Economic Development (IED)
Print: HSRC Library: shelf number 11916
HANDLE: 20.500.11910/15975
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/15975

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Abstract

The dawn of democracy in South Africa following the 1994 general elections and the formation of a democratic government preceded changes to institutions of governance to support a newly founded state. These were no ordinary changes, but paradigm shifts undergirded by a human rights-oriented constitution anchored on democratic values. Changes at state level were about changing the levers of state, aligning them to the new political context. Our chapter focuses on two such levers of the state, namely, the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC), a statutory research entity, and the Department of Education (now renamed the Department of Basic Education). Our concern is with the role the HSRC played in supporting post- apartheid education transformation in South Africa.