n Journal of Educational Studies - Persistent racial challenges : a case study of South African Public Schools - research

Volume 16 Number 2
  • ISSN : 1680-7456


Racial discrimination is a global phenomenon. Many countries around the world are multiracial in that societal members who live in them originate from different races. Although societal members are equal before the law in most of these countries, racism remains a persistent problem because it is still being practised. In this case, South Africa is no exception. This article reports on racial challenges which are persistent in South African public schools. To do that, background information of the South African education system will be provided. It will include various identified forms of racism. The latter will be followed by the problem statement, the frame of reference, aim and method of collecting data. Data will be analysed and interpreted then conclusions will be drawn. Purposive sampling was used to collect data from twenty respondents through the use of interviews. The participants were learners who completed Grade 12 in 2014 and 2015 in some public schools in the Gauteng Province. Findings indicate that there is indeed some level of racial tension and accounts of racism in some South African public schools. Recommendations suggest the active participation of schools, parents and communities in activities, discussions and collaborations to deal with racism in the respective schools.

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