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ERIC Number: EJ937046
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 11
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1011-3487
The Politicisation of the University in South Africa and Its Consequent Demise
Higgs, P.
South African Journal of Higher Education, v24 n2 p367-372 2010
In the light of transformational discourses in higher education in South Africa, it has become necessary to pose the question--what is a university? Such a question requires that the idea of the university, as well as its role in society be reflected upon critically. This author contends that much of present day transformational discourse in higher education in South Africa is vulnerable to politically driven higher education practices concerned with issues such as race and the redress of historical imbalances, educational disadvantage, affirmative action, admission policies, diversity and, equity, and access. Present day educational discourse in higher education in South Africa no longer seems to see the need for interrogating the political context in which higher education functions. As a result, nearly all educational discourse in higher education is reduced to issues of political concern. In light of this, Higgs argues that what is needed today is the freeing of the university from its political chains and an awakening of its educational responsibility and role as a distinctive higher education institution in society. This is the challenge facing universities in South Africa today--a challenge somewhat different from those challenges articulated by democratic politics and taken up in issues such as race and the redress of historical imbalances, educational disadvantage, affirmative action, admission policies, diversity and, equity and access. And the question that finally needs to be asked: is there still a university that can take up such a challenge in South Africa?
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: South Africa