ERIC Number: EJ721268
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Nov
Reference Count: 19
Opening and Transforming South African Education
Vambe, Maurice Taonezvi
Open Learning, v20 n3 p285-293 Nov 2005
This article examines the challenge of opening and transforming South African education. "Openness" and "transformation" of any education programme in any society are ethicopolitical processes. In the case of South Africa, the transition from an autocratic education system serving the interests of a minority to a more modern and democratic educational dispensation demands a critical rethinking of the meaning of these twin concepts of openness and transformation. The policy of outcomes-based education (OBE) has been used as a strategy for educational change. This article argues that, although OBE can be understood in the context of the desire for change, the programme's implementation does not lead to radical opening and qualitative transformation of the South African educational sector. Any pedagogy of radical empowerment through political and deliberate advocacy policies needs to take into consideration the content of the new system of education, the professional quality of the educators, and the calibre of the new learners.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Outcome Based Education, Educational Change, Educational Policy, Democracy, Program Implementation, Teacher Qualifications
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Identifiers - Location: South Africa