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Friday, March 19, 2004

Tell stories of apartheid education

Education Minister Kader Asmal has called on South Africans to tell their stories of how apartheid education had affected them, his spokesman said on Wednesday. Molatwane Likhethe said in a media statement the submissions would form a historical record of how the education system was before democracy in South Africa. "The record will be an important source of information, especially for the generations that were fortunate never to have gone through such an unjust system," he said. Likhethe said the South African society still showed inequalities in education, adding that many had lost the opportunity for formal schooling because of apartheid education, especially the 'Bantu education' policy.
"The few who were fortunate to obtain the education they could, had to do so under extremely trying circumstances, characterised by low morale and a poor culture of teaching and learning," he said.
Written submissions should be no more than 1000 words long and be sent before March 31 to:
The Secretary, Submissions on Apartheid Education, Private Bag X895, Pretoria 0001. They can also be faxed to 012-326-1909 or hand-delivered to Sol Plaatje House, Room 223, 123 Schoeman Street, in Pretoria.(Sapa)