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ERIC Number: EJ745732
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Jun
Pages: 14
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-0258-2236
Parental "Choice": The Liberty Principle in Education Finance: New Scholar Section
Ndimande, Bekisizwe
Perspectives in Education, v24 n2 p143-156 Jun 2006
Despite the promise of equal educational opportunities for all, most public schools in the townships of South Africa have remained poorly funded and thus have become dysfunctional. As a result most poor parents from townships have started to transfer their children to schools with better resources and education facilities in the suburban areas. However, the emerging problem in this transfer is the high school fees imposed by well-resourced public schools in the suburbs. In this essay, I problematise two complex scenarios: On the one hand, township schools are not funded adequately, and on the other, the cost of education in wealthy public schools is too high for poor parents to afford. I argue that the lack of funding in these poor schools and the imposition of high school fees in wealthy schools ought to be contextualised within the broader hegemonic tendencies that continue to marginalise poor people.
Perspectives in Education. Faculty of Education, University of Pretoria, Pretoria 0002, South Africa. Tel: +27-12-420-4732; Fax: +27-12-420-3003; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: South Africa