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oa Alternation - Re-conceptualising English Language Teaching at an HWU

Volume 8, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1023-1757

 

Abstract

Since the 1980s the number of black (including Coloureds and Indians) students in the Historically White Universities (HWUs) has proportionally increased. At the University of Natal, Durban (UND), Black (African) students now constitute 47.4%, Indians 29.6%, Coloureds 2.7%, Chinese 0.1, and Whites 20.2% of students population. Approximately 17 % of Black students enroll for courses that are in the faculty of Human Sciences. In terms of academic staff composition in the Faculty of Human Sciences, approximately 15% is black, 0.1 % is Indian, and 84.1 % is White. Among many things, this indicates that transformation processes still have room to bring about changes which are no longer an option but a necessity. Like all institutions of learning in this country, the UND experiences pressures that can only be solved through careful engagement and critical thought. However, the pressure exacted by educational authorities and market forces on higher education poses a threat to formative degrees (degrees that expose students to epistemologies that enrich their general cultural and social understanding and critique).

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2019-10-16

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