Apartheid education legacies and new directions in post-apartheid South Africa

SOURCE: Storia Delle Donne
OUTPUT TYPE: Journal Article
PUBLICATION YEAR: 2012
TITLE AUTHOR(S): L.Chisholm
KEYWORDS: APARTHEID, EDUCATION, EDUCATION REFORM, POST APARTHEID SOUTH AFRICA
DEPARTMENT: Education and Skills Development (ESD)
Print: HSRC Library: shelf number 7442

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Abstract

This paper will first show how South Africa's system of racially-differentiated mass schooling came into being over the last century. The conditions and manner under which this occurred entrenched deep inequalities. The next section will show how and in what context these legacies were addressed in the post-1994 period. The paper concludes with a discussion of continuities and contradictions between the achievements of democracy and continuing historical and structural inequalities and their impact on education in a period of economic decline. As an overview, it relies mainly on secondary literature.