Post-1994 South African education: the challenge of social justice

Badat, Saleem, Sayed, Yusuf and Unset (2014) Post-1994 South African education: the challenge of social justice. The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 652 (1). pp. 127-148. ISSN 0002-7162

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The formal end of apartheid was greeted with optimism and expectations. A new Government of National Unity with Nelson Mandela at its head signaled a new just and democratic social order, including social justice in and through education. Twenty years later, formally desegregated yet class-based educational institutions, continuing disparities and inequities, and poor academic achievement are key features of the contemporary educational order. This article considers how far South Africa has come since 1994 in realizing laudable constitutional and policy goals, especially equity, quality, and social justice in education. It argues, however, that, as a consequence of policy, the doors of learning remain firmly shut to the majority of South Africans. Some key strategies to advance social justice are identified. A failure to act now and with urgency to reform South Africa’s educational approach betrays constitutional ideals and leaves intact the systemic crisis of education that especially affects South Africa’s historically disadvantaged and marginalized peoples.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Education and Social Work > Education
Research Centres and Groups: Centre for International Education
Subjects: L Education
Depositing User: Deeptima Massey
Date Deposited: 23 Aug 2018 14:28
Last Modified: 23 Aug 2018 14:30
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