Colloquium Theme: Education at the Crossroads

The introduction of a political system based on democracy in 1994 presented a rare opportunity to re-look, re-think and re-organize education provisioning in South Africa. Guided by master narratives of transformation, equity, quality and good governance, education was re-packaged, underpinned by good intentions and grand designs. The outcomes were spectacularly dismal, both in depth and breadth with pockets of success in state schools. Responses have included modifications to the curriculum, a proliferation of policies and the re-training of teachers. Student achievements, however, have not matched the massive inputs to improve education for the previously disadvantaged and dispossessed, or for the rising middle classes. International studies confirm that South African student performance lags behind those from poorer and less resourced systems in Africa, that numeracy and literacy skills are below par, and that few students are sufficiently skilled for higher education. Sixteen years after the demise of apartheid we are at the crossroads. Whereto from here? Can we continue with knee-jerk tinkerings of the curriculum? What is the vision for the future? What can and must be done? How can researchers disrupt current thinking about education with new possibilities, new practices, and renewed optimism? Is it not time for scholarship to reclaim the space as a key influence to educational reform?

We invite interested researchers to present a paper at this Third Annual Education Colloquium, hosted by the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

Papers which are presented will be published in a Special Edition Journal – SAJHE  with negotiations for two other journals underway.

Opening Address by the Dean of the Faculty of Education – UKZN Edgewood Campus:

Professor Michael Samuel 

Confirmed Keynote Speakers:

Bert Olivier

Renuka Vithal

Aslam Fataar

Murthee Maistry

Lebo Moletsane 

Labby Ramrathan

Confirmed Respondents:

Iben Christiansen

Nyna Amin   

Date: 6-7 October 2011


University of KwaZulu-Natal, (Edgewood Campus)
Corner of Marianhill and Richmond Road

Conference Fee: NO CHARGE.


  • Individual papers: 20 minutes plus 10 minutes.
  • Discussion panel sessions: 90 minutes (3 presentations x 20 minutes plus a 30 minute discussion).

Please circulate to fellow academics whom you feel would be interested this event.

Please visit our website to register:

For further details please contact:

Sharad Singh
Admin Assistant
School of Social Sciences
Faculty of Education
Edgewood Campus
University of Kwa-Zulu Natal
Tel. +27 31 260 3455
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