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Title:The objects of transformation in higher education
Author:Hall, MartinISNI
Periodical:Social Dynamics
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:educational policy
higher education
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/02533950802078962
Abstract:The Education White Paper of 1997, building on the work of the South African National Commission on Higher Education before it, framed the Higher Education Act of 1997. Together, these interventions staked out the democratic government's position on the segregated, and deeply flawed, assets that it had inherited from the apartheid State in 1994. In many respects, the 1997 White Paper has shaped the South African university system for the decade that has followed, and will continue to shape the system in the years to come. However, while the core purposes of higher education - the objects of transformation - are inherent in this established discourse of public policy, they have yet to be realized in practice. This implies that South Africa has yet to achieve appropriate returns on the national investment in its higher education system. Unless universities in South Africa focus the power of knowledge on addressing poverty and inequality, it may well be the case that the economic and social foundations on which they rest as institutional forms are damaged beyond repair. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]