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Title:Education Struggles: Teachers and School Committees in Natal/KwaZulu
Author:Morrell, RobertISNI
Periodical:Transformation: Critical Perspectives on Southern Africa
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:political attitudes
Education and Oral Traditions
Labor and Employment
Politics and Government
Abstract:Although some South African teachers were, and continue to be, politically active in organizations committed (at least) to the removal of apartheid, generally, teachers did not live up to the expectations of political activists. In Natal/KwaZulu, the task of mobilizing and organizing teachers proved very difficult and little headway was made. This paper examines the reasons for this failure. It argues on the one hand that State reforms have given teachers a particular stake in the status quo which Inkatha's populist appeal rather than the UDF's antiapartheid stance seems best likely to preserve. Secondly, the paper evaluates the consequences of the tactical decision to shun 'State structures' and create 'alternative structures'. In particular, the position of School Committees within the regional politics of education is assessed. Bibliogr., notes, ref.