n South African Journal of Higher Education - Rethinking higher education transformation in terms of an African(a) philosophy of education : perspectives on higher education

Volume 18, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1011-3487



The central question that this article hopes to unpack is whether higher education transformation can occur without taking into consideration an African(a) philosophy of education in South Africa. I hold that higher education policy initiatives as promulgated in the policy documents such as the National Plan for Higher Education (2001) and the White paper 3 (1997) on equity and redress may not be realised if policy is not embedded in the practices of the majority of the people of South Africa. I explore the negative impact that marketisation of higher education may have on equitable redress in South Africa. It is my concerted view that higher education transformation can have a positive effect on change in the country if implemented or framed according to an African(a) philosophy of education. With this article I therefore demonstrate how elements of African(a) philosophy in relation to culture, storytelling and indigenous languages can be tapped as foundational resources for deep transformation in higher education in South Africa.

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