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Is transformation of schools in South Africa close to the dream of reality? Equity in schools

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Is transformation of schools in South Africa close to the dream of reality?
Purpose
Turning around the apartheid legacy education in South African schools in all probability will take several generations. Education transformation takes account of widely desperate conditions, characterised by differing degrees of capacity, poverty inequality and privilege. This study examined recent trends in transformation and equity in schools that has led to educational migration of students from ill resourced townships to highly resourced urban schools after 1994.
Methodology
Qualitative research methods were used in data collection using open ended questionnaires in a sample of twenty parents from different townships. Interviews conducted provided in depth description and the understanding of the situation (Cohen, L.; Lincoln, K; & Morrison, B. (2007).
Conceptual Framework
Espinosa, L. (2005) recommends talking to family members to gather basic information, who are the student primary caregiver and what they want their community to become, is important. This is further echoed by Good, L & Brophy, J (2008), that parent’s involvement is a significant component of children’s education, correlating both with their achievement and their motivation to learn.
Findings
Urban schools were preferred by parents as compared to township schools. ‘Good education is the only weapon that can liberate us from poverty” as echoed by one parent. They mentioned that urban schools are better resourced and teachers are highly qualified and committed compared to township schools. Rosenholtz (1989) showed that the social structure of the workplace significantly affects teachers’ commitment.
Keywords: Apartheid, transformation, migration & equity

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Equity and access
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Ndlalane, Thembi. "Is transformation of schools in South Africa close to the dream of reality? Equity in schools" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 55th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Fairmont Le Reine Elizabeth, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, May 01, 2011 <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p488071_index.html>

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Ndlalane, T. C. , 2011-05-01 "Is transformation of schools in South Africa close to the dream of reality? Equity in schools" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 55th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Fairmont Le Reine Elizabeth, Montreal, Quebec, Canada <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p488071_index.html

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Abstract: Is transformation of schools in South Africa close to the dream of reality?
Purpose
Turning around the apartheid legacy education in South African schools in all probability will take several generations. Education transformation takes account of widely desperate conditions, characterised by differing degrees of capacity, poverty inequality and privilege. This study examined recent trends in transformation and equity in schools that has led to educational migration of students from ill resourced townships to highly resourced urban schools after 1994.
Methodology
Qualitative research methods were used in data collection using open ended questionnaires in a sample of twenty parents from different townships. Interviews conducted provided in depth description and the understanding of the situation (Cohen, L.; Lincoln, K; & Morrison, B. (2007).
Conceptual Framework
Espinosa, L. (2005) recommends talking to family members to gather basic information, who are the student primary caregiver and what they want their community to become, is important. This is further echoed by Good, L & Brophy, J (2008), that parent’s involvement is a significant component of children’s education, correlating both with their achievement and their motivation to learn.
Findings
Urban schools were preferred by parents as compared to township schools. ‘Good education is the only weapon that can liberate us from poverty” as echoed by one parent. They mentioned that urban schools are better resourced and teachers are highly qualified and committed compared to township schools. Rosenholtz (1989) showed that the social structure of the workplace significantly affects teachers’ commitment.
Keywords: Apartheid, transformation, migration & equity


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