oa Journal of Education - Redress and reconciliation in South African education: the case for a rights-based approach
|Article Title||Redress and reconciliation in South African education: the case for a rights-based approach|
|© Publisher:||Wayne Hugo|
|Journal||Journal of Education|
|Affiliations||1 Wits School of Education, University of the Witwatersrand|
|Publication Date||Jan 2005|
|Pages||169 - 188|
|Keyword(s)||Bantu Education Act, Post-apartheid, redress and Truth and Reconciliation Commission for education|
The Bantu Education Act has been descriptionbed by Archbishop Desmond Tutu as ï¿½the most evil of all pieces of apartheid legislationï¿½. Following a recent call for a Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) for education in South Africa, numerous questions arise not only about the possibility but also about the plausibility, content and aims of such a commissioned investigation. This paper examines the epistemological, ethical and political ramifications of this approach. It argues that, given a certain ambiguity in the meaning of the term and given certain problems in the TRC process, the possibility and plausibility of such redress depend to some extent on a suitable ï¿½running partnerï¿½ for the idea and the process of reconciliation. After discussing and dismissing several such ï¿½partnerï¿½ ideas and principles, like ubuntu or botho, communalism and the common good, this paper examines and defends a rights-based approach that establishes rights as the backbone of redress and reconciliation as its heart.
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