The Quest for Equity in Higher Education Across Racial, Ethnic, and Gender Groups

Mokubung Nkomo

in Lessons in Educational Equality

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780199755011
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199918867 | DOI:
The Quest for Equity in Higher Education Across Racial, Ethnic, and Gender Groups

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The inequality that exists in the lower rungs of the education pyramid is multiplied several fold at the tertiary level, where marginalization is acute. This chapter focuses on the challenges and successes that South Africa has experienced in its efforts to promote racial and gender equity in tertiary education, and explores the lessons that South Africa can offer to and learn from other countries. In this chapter ‘equity’ is understood to mean the application of the fairness principle, which is premised on the acknowledgement of the effects of past discrimination and the need for redress in order to achieve equality for all. The chapter concludes that what is most important in all instances is to have effective programs in place that will ensure success once students from underrepresented backgrounds are admitted to higher education.

Keywords: tertiary education; higher education; South Africa; educational equity; educational equality; racial equity; gender equity; fairness principle

Chapter.  12686 words. 

Subjects: Developmental Psychology

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