Peoples Education

Topics: South Africa, Education, African National Congress Pages: 4 (1552 words) Published: February 28, 2014
People’s Education for People’s Power was a not only a popular slogan heard during the 1980’s in South Africa. It was also an idea for an education system for South Africa in the chaotic time of the 1980’s when Apartheid was dying and a new government was not yet born. This ideal education was to be carried into the post-Apartheid South Africa with all its democratic ideologies to not only educate the populace but also to give them the power in all spheres of life. However, People’s Education seems to have died a quiet death in the aftermath of Apartheid. In this paper I will examine the origin, key features and reasons why People’s Education is not practiced in South Africa. The origin of People’s Education is a result of the 1980’s education crisis in South Africa. The education crisis had reached such chaotic proportions by 1985 that there was a desperate need to evaluate South Africa’s current education system and what was going to be implemented post-Apartheid. South Africa was already facing a decade of student boycotts when the idea of People’s Education was established. 1 The student boycotts which started in 1976 with the rejection of Bantu education continued for the next decade with students rejecting all attempts of reform by the state at the time. All the states reforms were an attempt to maintain control over schools and students. It was no way an actual reform to appease the dissatisfied student populace of South Africa. 2 As a result students continued the boycotts. The students continued boycotts also opened a door to allow boycotts for various other causes such as work, transport and rent. By 1986 the state’s response to the continuous boycotts was declare a state of emergency. Students continued the boycotts. However, in 1985 students boycotted under the slogan “Liberation Now, Education Later” showing their willingness to sacrifice their education to see the end of Apartheid. This desperation to see the end of Apartheid by students led to a...
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