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Long, Caroline; Graven, Mellony; Sayed, Yusuf; Lampen, Erna – Contemporary Education Dialogue, 2017
The South African people have a history of resistance to domination, injustice and inequality. It is therefore surprising that there has been an increase in social inequality, since the start of political democracy in 1994. Recently, the five teachers' unions refused to administer the Annual National Assessments. This action indicates some…
Descriptors: Social Differences, History, Democracy, Professional Autonomy
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Kanjee, Anil; Sayed, Yusuf – Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy & Practice, 2013
The South African education system has witnessed significant changes since 1994 when the democratically elected government began the process of dismantling the inherited apartheid order. The primary focus of the transformation process was to address the twin imperative of equity and quality in education, particularly for the historically…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Assessment, Educational Policy, Educational Quality
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Sayed, Yusuf; Ahmed, Rashid – Comparative Education, 2011
In spite of numerous definitions of quality, consensus on what constitutes quality is less clear and contested. Using South Africa as a case study, this paper explores the current conceptual thinking and debates about education quality. Specifically the paper reviews selected South African policy texts to identify how some of the global dimensions…
Descriptors: Racial Segregation, Educational Quality, Foreign Countries, Educational Policy
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Ahmed, R.; Sayed, Yusuf – Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education, 2009
Public financing of education in the developing world context combines public and private funds, and the utilisation of fees is seen as a way of complementing state resources. In South Africa the new government in 1994 permitted schools to charge fees, a policy that has provoked much controversy. While different aspects of this policy have been…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Foreign Countries, Educational Finance, Educational Opportunities
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Sayed, Yusuf; Soudien, Crain – Compare A Journal of Comparative Education, 2005
This paper critically reviews the ways in which the policy of education decentralisation in post-apartheid South Africa results in both forms of inclusion and new forms of exclusion. Drawing on a two-year research project carried out in three provinces in South Africa, it shows how in the governance of schools, new forms of exclusion are being…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Racial Segregation, Educational Change, Governance