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ERIC Number: EJ769745
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-May-25
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
Academic Freedom Is Eroding in South Africa, Critics Say
Lindow, Megan
Chronicle of Higher Education, v53 n38 pA50 May 2007
A spate of recent dismissals and disciplinary actions taken by South African universities against outspoken faculty members signals a broad erosion of academic freedom in higher education, academics and civil-society groups say. Much of the negative attention lately has focused on the University of KwaZulu-Natal, where academics say they face censorship and intimidation from an increasingly authoritarian administration. Some academics say that South African universities are increasingly sensitive to criticism due to stress from dwindling funds and complicated mergers. The trend on campuses also reflects the increasingly stifling political climate of South Africa, as the government attempts to centralize power and constrain open debate. Universities, including KwaZulu-Natal, are "taking their cues from the broader political environment."
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: South Africa