South African Journal of Higher Education

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Review Essay: An analysis of Equal educational opportunities: Comparative perspectives in education law

J Divala, Y Waghid


The focus of this collection (comprised of two main sections, seventeen chapters and a synthesis) is the commemoration of 50 years since the passing of judgment on Brown v. Board of Education in the United States in the landmark court decision against segregation in education. This conference on which this book is based took place in South Africa. Its publication also coincided with the 10-year anniversary of South Africa's change to democratic education after the abolition of apartheid, which promoted separate education.
The collection has two sections that mark these two occasions in terms of reflection, recollections and thematic chapters all linked to the manifestation of equal education. While the first part reflects on equal educational opportunities and non-discrimination as opposed to the experience of separate education, the second part considers thematic issues on equal educational opportunities and non-discrimination in relation to issues of education financing, values, discipline, language and accountability. The collection ends with a synthesis by Jonathan Jansen.

South African Journal of Higher Education Vol. 21 (4) 2007: pp. 799-808
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