oa Africa Insight - Problems and priorities in education planning

Volume 15, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 0256-2804



The government's rapid linear expansion of education for blacks in South Africa in recent years has been a response to black demands, rising expectations spurred on by events following the Soweto riots of 1976 and subsequent sporadic unrest. The realization that the white population of South Africa cannot meet the demand for skilled labour, which must impose a serious constraint on economic growth, as spelled out repeatedly in the findings of manpower reports such as the Reynders Report (1980), has further emphasized the need to expand secondary education and subsequently all forms of tertiary education and in particular technical education with the appointment of the HSRC commission on ""Investigation into Education"" (the De Lange Report) to investigate all facets of education in South Africa.

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