n South African Journal of Higher Education - Students' resistance towards morality-based recurriculation : part 1

Volume 29, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1011-3487



In the words of Martin Luther King Jnr, because of the type of education offered, now 'we have learned to fly the air like birds and swim the sea like fish, but we have not learned the simple art of living together as brothers ... We have guided missiles and misguided man'. However, when such skills are treated only as concepts rather than skills, their efficacy cannot translate into progressive development. This article reports on a small-scale study conducted at the University of Limpopo, Polokwane, South Africa, that sought extended curriculum students' opinions on a morality-based revamped curriculum that factored in a life skills foundational provision. The majority of participants' responses indicated resistance towards a morality-based module. They regarded the module as being below higher education and only fit for non-academic activities. Intimations shall be made vis-à-vis the inclusion of pro-development morals within higher education curricula.

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