n South African Journal of Higher Education - Performativity in higher education transformation in South Africa
|Article Title||Performativity in higher education transformation in South Africa|
|© Publisher:||Higher Education South Africa (HESA)|
|Journal||South African Journal of Higher Education|
|Author||B. Van Wyk|
|Publication Date||Jan 2005|
|Pages||5 - 19|
Since 1994, higher education transformation in South Africa had a significant break with apartheid education policy. This article explores constitutive meanings of higher education transformation such as equity and redress, critical inquiry, communicative praxis and citizenship in relation to institutional plans of three universities in the Western Cape province, namely Cape Town, Stellenbosch and Western Cape. This article shows that these higher education institutions are overwhelmingly orientated towards achieving performance indicators as announced in their institutional plans, in other words, there is an emphasis on performativity. I argue that the excessive use of performance indicators could undermine deep higher education transformation. Unless universities are also prepared to transform in an atmosphere of <I>ubuntu</I> (literally `African humanness and dignity') they have little chance of realising constitutive meanings of higher education transformation which in turn could lead to sham transformation.
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