n Africa Insight - The rhetoric of transformation in South African higher education : realities, myths and contestations - research

Volume 47 Number 4
  • ISSN : 0256-2804


This article argues that the establishment of higher education in South Africa was part of the grand colonial project. However, with the inauguration of a democratic dispensation such in-congruent institutions had to undergo re-orientation in order to suit and be relevant to the imperatives of a new society. In light of this, the paper looks at the attestations around the critical issue of transformation of higher education by comparing four major theories in terms of their rhetorical pronouncements and representations. Having identified a more suitable theory in terms of its explanatory power, the paper concludes that it is no longer justifiably acceptable for the Western epistemological paradigm and institutional cultures to retain primacy and dominance in the new South Africa.

Loading full text...

Full text loading...


Article metrics loading...


This is a required field
Please enter a valid email address
Approval was a Success
Invalid data
An Error Occurred
Approval was partially successful, following selected items could not be processed due to error