The Politics of Improving Learning Outcomes in South Africa

New publication: Political Economy Paper has been published in the Research of Improving Systems in Education (RISE) journal. Political economy and ideology are important determinants of educational development. The authors: Martin Gustafsson and JET Research Associate Nick Taylor examined this in the South African context, using an approach which is in part dialogical, while paying special attention to the acquisition of foundational skills in the early grades. South Africa’s apartheid legacy, and the predominance of the upper secondary school-leaving certificate, shaped the policy discourse in ways that often marginalised the question of foundational skills.

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