Decolonising education in South Africa : perspectives and debates

Fataar, Aslam (2018-06)

CITATION: Fataar, A. 2018. Decolonising Education in South Africa: Perspectives and Debates. Educational Research for Social Change, 7:vi=ix.

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The politics of knowledge in South African universities has recently witnessed a radical discursive rupture. The call for decolonising education was a cornerstone of students’ recognition struggles at universities. Mobilising on the basis of their demand for free education, students across the university sector expressed the need for change in university knowledge and curricula in the light of what they described as their exposure to Eurocentric, racist, and sexist knowledge at untransformed institutions. They argued that such a knowledge orientation is at the heart of their experience of alienation at the university. They suggested that only the complete overhaul of the curriculum on the basis of a decolonising education approach would provide them the type of educational access that addresses their emerging African-centred humanness.

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