Intention or in tension? Recent education reforms in South Africa
International Journal of Educational Development Volume 21, Number 1 ISSN 0738-0593 Publisher: Elsevier Ltd
The major restructuring of the entire education system in South Africa has produced considerable policy tensions and contradictions. In the light of recent legislation, this paper examines the consequences of the Education Department's attempting to serve the demands for equity in terms of resource allocation and reprioritisation within and between provinces, while simultaneously on a micro school-based level attempting to insert a particular school culture (governance, funding, curricula, conditions of service and so on) across schools that were previously extremely disparate in terms of the elements referred to above. This attempt at equality in the face of the equity drive has considerable consequences for the delivery and provision of education services. The paper discusses these and analyses the policy-making domain which has produced somewhat contradictory outcomes.
Gilmour, J.D. Intention or in tension? Recent education reforms in South Africa. International Journal of Educational Development, 21(1), 5-20. Elsevier Ltd.