Overcoming the Challenges of Transformation in South African Higher Education Curriculum Development: An Analysis

The study aimed to explore the challenges faced in transforming Higher Education (HE) curriculum development in South Africa. The research found that the country’s education system has been significantly impacted by colonialism and apartheid’s systemic exclusion of blacks and women, leading to social and economic discrimination and inequalities. Despite a desire to reform higher education and curriculum development, it remains defined by these discriminations, including class, racial, and gender disparities. Institutional cultures, particularly at traditionally white institutions, were found to also be a hindrance to the transition of higher education in South Africa. This was due to histories of these institutions, lingering racist and sexist behavior, privileges associated with social class, and the under-representation of black and women academics. The study also highlighted the need for adequate state funding to support higher education. Financial restrictions may weaken the promise of higher education unless supported by substantial government funding. The former president of South Africa announced free higher education for all in December 2017, but financial support is still lacking. The study concludes that overcoming the obstacles of higher education transformation will require a concerted effort, addressing historical injustices and providing support and resources.

Read for More Detail: Ramonyai, I. P., Marumo, M. L., Skhephe, M., & Matashu, M. (2022). Challenges of Transformation in Higher Education Curriculum Development in South Africa during Time of Decolonisation. Jurnal Penelitian Dan Pengkajian Ilmu Pendidikan: E-Saintika, 6(3), 157–172. https://doi.org/10.36312/esaintika.v6i3.703

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