Since our transition as a country from an Apartheid ruled nation to that of a democracy in 1994, there has been a substantial decline in the quality of our education system as well as the confusion of the role of teacher authority in the eyes of the student.
The infamous history of South Africa can be highly related to the overbearing inequality the people have dealt with for many generations.
Ramdass argues that the quality of South African education relates to that of skill shortage with regards to teachers, that government is not doing enough to ensure that all teachers are skilled.
There are arguably less training colleges dedicated to teachers to aid them in their teaching abilities.
We need to delve into the historically rich controversies of this nation, with complete emphasis on the South African education system during and post-apartheid, which dates back from 1948 to 1994.
There are two important themes circulated throughout this article; the history of the education system in South Africa and the theme of teacher authority in South African schools.It is the 'black education' as Hartshorne says, that remains the critical area of education.It is there in which so many students are not exceling and for this reason the South African Council for Education (SACE), which had to report to Parliament, was formulated.This inequality reached the household of every individual of colour and affected them either directly or indirectly in a detrimental fashion.However, what most citizens of colour of the Apartheid regime can agree upon is the manner in which the education system has drastically altered over the years.South Africa is a multi-cultural diverse country; this is in spite of the many disputes within our historically rich nation.Our history as a nation has for many years defined us, and categorized people into derogatory groups, not individually but collectively, where gender and race have been paving the forefront of many of our nation's downfalls.During apartheid the education system was divided into eighteen separate systems; Indian, Coloured (mixed race), eleven black and five white.Not only were people of colour discriminated against their race but were also devastatingly discriminated against with regards to the blatant lack of financing, resources, facilities, quality and outcome of their education.These are the questions that we will explore in this article and ultimately attempt to answer with reference to that of previous literature studies.Post-Apartheid (1994- present date) The theme throughout the apartheid regime was that of separation geographically and most devastatingly racially.