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South African decolonisation plan in the works

Image: Desmond Bowles [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Flickr

University body to present position paper on curriculum transformation in October

South Africa will have an official position on decolonising university curricula by October.

Universities South Africa, the regulatory body for public universities, will present a position paper on decolonisation this coming October during the National Higher Education Conference.

USAF announced the decision after a meeting of its teaching and learning strategy group in February. The position paper will examine “local and global drivers as well as impediments to curriculum transformation”, a statement said.

The paper will be composed by Ahmed Bawa, USAF chief executive, Chrissie Boughey, a professor emeritus at the Centre for Postgraduate Studies at Rhodes University, and Francois Strydom, the director of the University of the Free State’s Centre for Teaching and Learning.

USAF hopes the conference will launch a sector-wide debate on curriculum reform that will last beyond this year.