oa Africa Insight - "Progress through learning"? Observations on English education in Transkei, 1986

Volume 16, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0256-2804



""English should become the possession of every educated African, and to this end it should be taught competently"" (R H W Shepherd).1 Founded in 1976 as a university college of the University of Fort Hare, initially in a set of ramshackle buildings and serving only part-time students, the University of Transkei (Unitra) held its eighth graduation ceremony on 3 May 1986. Three hundred and fifty-two degrees and diplomas were awarded, and the number of students registered is, if the computers are to be believed, 3350 (in 1976 it was 132). In many ways, then, it might well seem that Unitra - and with it, tertiary education in Transkei - has come of age. At the beginning of 1987, for the first time, a Transkeian will be principal of the university, for instance.

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