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Race and Opportunity in the Transition from School to Higher Education in South Africa

Michael Cosser

in Discrimination in an Unequal World

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9780199732166
Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199866144 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199732166.003.0006
Race and Opportunity in the Transition from School to Higher Education in South Africa

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This chapter examines the school-to-higher education transition to ascertain the extent to which grade 12 learners of all races have been able to fulfill their aspirations of proceeding to higher education. It begins by setting out the parameters within which the notion of discrimination in learning pathways can be considered. It proceeds to compare the findings of a 2001 baseline study of the higher education aspirations of grade 12 learners, across all nine provinces of South Africa, with the higher education enrollment profile for 2002. This comparison is then juxtaposed against a second one, derived from the findings of another baseline study. In that case, the higher education aspirations of grade 12 learners in a 2005 cohort are compared with the higher education enrollment profile for 2006. An exploration of the determinants of discrimination in learning pathways follows this analysis. The chapter concludes with a consideration of the effect of racial classification on the perpetuation of discrimination.

Keywords: South Africa; higher education; discrimination; racial classification

Chapter.  7295 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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