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Title:Die uitwerking van armoede, sosiale verval en ekonomiese agteruitgang op die nuwe onderwysbedeling in Suid-Afrika
Author:Prinsloo, E.ISNI
Periodical:Tydskrif vir geesteswetenskappe
Geographic term:South Africa
Abstract:This article discusses the impact of poverty on education in South Africa. It shows that education in poverty-stricken communities in South Africa is hampered by a lack of order in community structures, vandalism, negative peer group influences, an environment without intellectual stimulation, and conflicts between the values of the school and the values of the home. The result for learners is a negative academic self-concept, low levels of motivation and cumulative academic disadvantage. These factors contribute to school failure and early dropout. Furthermore, socioeconomic issues impact negatively on education. These include the culture of poverty, inequality, unplanned urbanization with consequent housing densities, and a decline in values and norms. In addition, the AIDS pandemic and the challenges of an increasingly global environment call for urgent attention of the government and, specifically, the education authorities. The article examines the progress educational institutions have made during the past years in an endeavour to improve levels of education and to enhance the quality of life of South Africans. Bibliogr., sum. in English, text in Afrikaans. [Journal abstract, edited]