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South African Higher Education Faces Racism Challenge

Realising the DreamUniversity World News has published an edited version of Chika Sehoole’s article on the challenges facing higher education in South Africa.

Sehoole, who is a professor of education at the University of Pretoria, refers to findings made by the ministerial committee into racism in South African higher education, which was headed by Crain Soudien, University of Cape Town Deputy Vice-chancellor and author of Realising the Dream: Unlearning the logic of race in the South African school:

At the end of 2011 and the beginning of 2012, South Africa’s higher education sector made national and international news headlines.

At the end of 2011, the University of Pretoria was hit by allegations of apparent racism among its staff. A black engineering professor alleged systematic harassment and victimisation, on racial grounds.

At the beginning of the 2012 academic year, a black parent was killed in a stampede at the gates of the University of Johannesburg, where crowds of prospective students had gathered in the quest to gain admission into this university.

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