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Title:The Impact of Apartheid on Women's Education in South Africa
Author:Unterhalter, Elaine
Periodical:Review of African Political Economy
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:black education
women's education
Architecture and the Arts
Women's Issues
Education and Oral Traditions
Politics and Government
Education and Training
Ethnic and Race Relations
Abstract:While the proportions of their age group in school at primary, secondary and tertiary levels is quite high for black South Africans, relative to the situation in other African States, women in South Africa face an authoritarian education system which is still riven by inequality. The expansion of education for all groups has formed part of the strategy of the government both to create skills needed for the economy and, through limited individual improvement, to stave off black discontent. That the policy has had inherent contradictions is evident from the widespread disruption in black schools which has characterized recent years. Even where opportunities have increased, they have been unequally distributed throughout the population. In particular South Africa suffers from gender inequality in education. Black women suffer doubly, by virtue of race and gender. This article examines the dimensions of that inequality at different levels and in respect of different population groups. Bibliogr.