Education or indoctrination?: the education system in apartheid South Africa.

Ward, Cathryn (2016) Education or indoctrination?: the education system in apartheid South Africa. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    The 1948 election was a watershed moment for all areas of South African society. The stringent institutionalised racism that was imposed upon South Africa was acutely apparent in the education system. Schools were segregated, in accordance with the National Party’s racial hierarchy, so that all children could be taught at a suitable level for their race. This had devastating results for the education system, and far reaching consequences for those subjected to Apartheid controlled schooling.
    By engaging with election propaganda from the 1948 election, documentaries, photographs and oral testimonies, this dissertation asserts that the National Party conducted a pre-planned assault on the education system in South Africa. This was done by dismantling the previous system that relied upon the generosity of mission schools to educate the poorest in society. The education system under Apartheid, although better centrally managed than before 1948, provided a dismal standard of education for those the regime deemed racially inferior. However, due to the racially discriminatory curriculum that was rolled out across the country after the 1948 election, the quality of education that white and Afrikaans students received also suffered immensely. Furthermore, this dissertation will argue that the National Party regime failed in its attempts to entrench widespread racial hatred amongst the children and young people of South Africa and that the education system as a whole suffered under the Apartheid.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social, Historical and Literary Studies
    Depositing User: Beth Atkins
    Date Deposited: 21 Jun 2016 16:00
    Last Modified: 21 Jun 2016 16:00

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