Education in South Africa has undergone tremendous and radical changes in the colonial, apartheid, and post-apartheid periods. This transformation has taken place against a backdrop of racial tension and political turbulence of varying degrees throughout these eras. The country's tense history has impacted how education has fared over the years. And despite all this, South Africa's higher education is today generally considered exemplary, with the country being home to perhaps the only truly world-class universities in Africa.

Historical Context of Education in South Africa

Education in South Africa did not begin with the arrival of the European settlers, the Dutch and British in 1652, but rather education was practiced in the indigenous contexts. Similar to other African educational experiences, indigenous education in South Africa was deeply entrenched ...

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