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Students Take Control: The 1980 Boycott of Coloured Education in the Cape Peninsula

Frank Molteno
British Journal of Sociology of Education
Vol. 8, No. 1 (1987), pp. 3-22
Published by: Taylor & Francis, Ltd.
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1392800
Page Count: 20
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Students Take Control: The 1980 Boycott of Coloured Education in the Cape Peninsula
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Abstract

The article focuses on the boycott of Coloured Education by students in South Africa's Cape Peninsula during 1980. It describes the way in which students seized control of their schooling, overthrew staff authority replacing it with democratic student control, introduced a counter-curriculum, and involved themselves in supporting two working class campaigns which overlapped with their boycott. By means of a case study the article illustrates the possibility of communities, as part of a popular struggle for societal transformation, extending the degree of the control they exercise in the arena of schooling such that the schooling itself, and its effects within a wider social context, are in some real measure transformed. Issues are raised concerning the nature and determination of schooling and the potential for radical practice on educational terrain.

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