oa South African Human Rights Yearbook - Education

Volume 8, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1354-3903



The transformation of the education system, which has been a priority since the 1994 elections, continued in 1997 and 1998. More laws were passed aimed at facilitating the process and eliminating backlogs from the past. While few would contest that change has occurred, there is vigorous public debate about the extent and nature of this change. Government has been and remains committed to two goals: eradicating racial inequalities and rationalising the cumbersome administrative structures and huge bureaucracy inherited from the Apartheid system. An additional aspect of redress became prominent as the process of integration in formerly white, coloured and Indian schools gathered momentum. It is now apparent that the inequality most resistant to removal is concerned with social class. This includes inequality between township and rural schools (serving majority African learners) and the formerly white schools, and most importantly, that between town and countryside schools.

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