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New From CFR: John Campell on Education in South Africa

September 18, 2013

A student at school in Khutsong Township, South Africa, August 2011 (Courtesy Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko).
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In a recent blog post, John Campbell unpacks claims that South Africa has the worst education system in Africa. He explains:

The South Africa educational reality is complex. There is a high quality education system left over from the apartheid era that runs through all levels. Access to it, once restricted to whites, is now in effect restricted by the ability to pay the fees…But, the vast majority of South Africa’s children are educated in the successors to the former black-only township and homeland schools. It is widely recognized in South Africa that the education system for most South Africans is not meeting their needs – nor the needs of the country.

Read the full post here.