African Voices in Education by P. Higgs

By P. Higgs

The Africanisation of schooling is a hugely topical factor. The potentials and pitfalls of Africanisation have drawn loads of severe debate, either in Africa and in another country. After the political adjustments of 1994 in South Africa, there was renewed curiosity within the query of a distinctively African philosophy. This ebook offers a scientific and transparent exposition of an African voice in schooling, drawing on exceptional authors throughout Africa.

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So deeply rooted is this tradition in the minds of some people that they almost consider it the state's duty to finance higher education for anyone who meets the academic requirements to enrol as a student. For them, the statement in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights that 'everyone has the right to education' ©Juta&CoLtd 39 3 advocates not only equal accessibility on the basis of merit and the rejection of discrimination but also the right to demand financial support of the state for all levels of education including the highest, no matter how efficient the system is.

Nowhere do these conditions include the adequacy between the training programme and the job opportunities available on the market. Nowhere is it realized that the socioprofessional insertion of the youth is an objective far more important and urgent than higher education per se. Most student strikes and riots in African countries, especially in the francophone area, have to do with the problem of scholarships. A very common reason is that the state does not meet, or does not meet in due time, its own commitments to scholarship holders.

In French colonies at least, the modern research process began with the creation of experimental parks (jardins d'essai), aimed at experimenting with different varieties of local plants with a view to improving and exporting them in significant quantities for the use of metropolitan industries. 3 In this sense, agricultural research in our countries was — and still is to a large extent — in the service of an extroverted economy, that is, an economy externally oriented, aiming primarily at meeting the needs of the metropolitan, say, the French or the British economies.

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