oa Alternation - Academic Exchanges

Volume 5, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1023-1757



Confronted with this legacy, the Government White Paper 'Programme for the Transformation of Higher Education' (July 1997) declares that the purpose of higher education in South Africa is to contribute to the socialisation of enlightened, Responsible and constructive citizens possessed of reflective capacity and a willingness to review and renew prevailing ideas. The authors of the White Paper propose upholding rigorous standards of academic quality and these pedagogical, political and ethical goals are to be achieved in a context where the funding differences between historically white and black universities remain, and fee-free higher education for students is not an affordable or sustainable option. In short, South African universities are being called upon to become more representative in a country embracing political transformation along the lines of liberal capitalist democracy with its mixture of considerable political freedom and persisting socio-economic inequality.

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