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Furthering the Developmental Imperative?

09 November 2017
10:30 - 12:00

An assessment of the past 20 years of education legislation and policy in South Africa

Presented by  Prof Crain Soudien, Chief Executive Officer of the Human Sciences Research Council, Dr Andrea Juan, Research Specialist, Ms Ncamisile Zulu, PhD intern, Ms Sylvia Hannan, Researcher and Ms Jaqueline Harvey, PhD Intern in the Education and Skills Development (ESD) research programme at the Human Sciences Research Council

Date: 9 November 2017    
Time:  10h30 – 12h00 
Venues: Pretoria, Durban, Cape Town

Education has a critical role to play in the reduction of poverty and inequality, and the promotion of social justice. The provision of education enhances peoples’ skills and knowledge, and therefore their employability and ability to find work.  Providing equal education opportunities will decrease inequality within the schooling system, as well as throughout higher education institutions and thereafter.

Based on a study we completed for the National Education Collaboration Trust, in this seminar we examine the impact of basic education policy and laws in South Africa on development.  A qualitative analysis of government legislation and policy documents relating to governance, resourcing, teachers, curriculum and assessment lead to the findings.  Particularly, aspects of the policy framework which facilitate (affordances) and hinder (blind spots) the achievement of greater equity and quality within the education system will be presented.

RSVP by 8 November 2017

Kindly note that seminars can now be accessed via the Vidyo link:

Pretoria: HSRC Video Conference, 1st floor HSRC Library Human Sciences Research Council, 134 Pretorius Street, Pretoria. Contact : Jo-Anne Chauvet or Arlene Grossberg, Tel: (012) 302 2811, e-mail:

Cape Town:
HSRC, Merchant House 116-118 Buitengracht Street Cape Town, Cape Town. Contact: Jean Witten, Tel (021) 4668004 or or Carmen August at

  The Atrium, 5th Floor, 430 Peter Mokaba Ridge, Berea, 4001 , Contact Ridhwaan Khan, Tel (031) 242 5400, cell: 083 788 2786 or , or Hlengiwe Zulu at e-mail