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Title:Black Education and the Role of the Private Sector
Author:Bot, Monica
Periodical:South Africa International
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:on-the-job training
black education
Economics and Trade
Education and Oral Traditions
Abstract:Since 1976, the private sector has become more actively involved in black education in South Africa, and more often than not, education is the largest item on a company's social responsibility budget. The main reason that prompted the private sector to become involved in education was a concern about shortage of skilled labour. After 1976, more serious attention was given to education, and it was realized that qualitative aspects were as much in need of attention as quantitative aspects. Finally, events of 1984-1986 resulted in an increased emphasis on the need for consultation between donors and recipients about the type of educational programmes sponsored. Although it is difficult to quantify the impact of the private sector's input in black education, it is argued here that this impact is significant, especially for the higher levels of education. The conclusion is that, in view of the fact that the government has committed itself to the provision of equal educational facilities and standards, the private sector could perhaps focus its attention more on assisting management councils and promoting community involvement. App. (some programmes at the secondary school levels), bibliogr.