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Creative Instability: The Case of the South African Higher Education System

Njabulo S. Ndebele
The Journal of Negro Education
Vol. 66, No. 4, Education in a New South Africa: The Crises of Conflict, the Challenges of Change (Autumn, 1997), pp. 443-448
DOI: 10.2307/2668171
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2668171
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Abstract

South Africa's historically disadvantaged institutions of higher education (HDIs), which collectively admit the largest number of Black South Africans in higher education, were major sites of student anti-apartheid revolts. Their administrative and academic functions became unintended victims of this struggle. Sustained political activity by student-worker alliances on many campuses resulted in fragile and unstable administrative systems. As this lecture presentation excerpt posits, these unstable conditions are not likely to disappear soon. Thus, the major challenge facing South African HDIs in a new democracy is that of developing the capacity to effect major institutional reform while successfully managing instability.

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