Overview of Education in South Africa

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The South African government has inherited an education system in rural areas based on racial, social and economic inequalities, in particular, Verwoerd’s Bantu Education Act (1953) which deliberately excluded the majority of our country's people from receiving a quality education. The 1996 constitution and the ratification of international human rights law pertaining to children's rights to education saw an influx of learners from rural schools into English-medium schools resulting in overcrowded classrooms.  The results, being overcrowded classrooms, language barriers between students and educators and indeed, amongst student themselves, created an environment not conductive to learning.