n South African Journal of Education - 'n Ondersoek na 'n aantal opvoeders se sieninge oor onderwysverwante bronne van rassisme

Volume 21, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 0256-0100
  • E-ISSN: 2076-3433



An investigation of a number of educators' viewpoints on education-relatedsources of racism. In spite of the prohibition placed on discriminationon the basis of race by the South African Constitution, theSchools Act and the Promotion of Equality and Prevention of UnfairDiscrimination Act, the report of the South African Human RightsCommission shows that the second highest percentage of the complaintsreceived by the legal division of this Commission, concerneducational matters. A prohibition of racism and the removal of institutionalisedracism therefore do not guarantee the removal ofracism from the South African society in general and schools inparticular. The aim of this article is to offer a brief literature andpress review on the role played by education-related resources ineither the establishment or the cultivation or the counteracting ofracism at individual, institutional and cultural levels. In addition anattempt was made to determine, by means of an empirical investigation,a group of educators' views on what should be regarded asthe most important sources of racism in South African schools. Educators'views on the role played by educators, school organisationsand groupings as well as the curriculum in the establishment ofhealthy race relations in multiracial schools in South Africa are alsodiscussed.

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