The first day of the school year is usually filled with excitement. With uniforms washed and shoes polished, friends reunite and catch up on holiday news. For many, especially those entering the school gates for the first time, its also a day of trepidation. Theres the fear of the unknown, unfamiliar faces and regimes of order and discipline. And for a few there is the worry of finding access denied, after standing in queues before administrators in the hope of being allocated a seat in a class
Finding place and keeping pace focuses on getting access to and completing basic education in South Africa. It is based on research conducted for the Consortium on Research in Education Access, Transition and Equity (CREATE), an international study funded by the UKs Department for International Development and which was led by Professor Keith Lewin of Sussex University.
The book showcases a rich body of research dealing with educational access, inclusion and exclusion and provides a critical appraisal of how far South Africa has come in terms of achieving the Millennium Development and Education For All goals in terms of access and quality indicators.
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List of Contributors
Foreword by the Director of CREATE
Foreword by the Chairperson of the National Reference Group
Introduction: The First Bell
Veerle Dieltiens and Shireen Motala
Chapter 1: Right of Entry Reserved: Education Policy in relation to Access and Equity
Chapter 2: No Fee Schools: Fair and Free?
Yusuf Sayed and Shireen Motala
Chapter 3: South Africa’s School-Going Culture: Findings from the Social Surveys Africa-Centre for Applied Legal Studies Education Survey
Sarah Meny-Gibert and Bev Russell
Chapter 4: On the Way In: A Methodology for Studying Access
Paul Kgobe, Gift Luxomo and Elvis Ngwenya
Chapter 5: The Contours of Access: An Aerial Perspective on Access in Two Districts
Chapter 6: Inside the School Gates: What do Learners have Access To?
Veerle Dieltiens, Setungoane Letsatsi and Elvis Ngwenya
Chapter 7: Testing Access: An Assessment of Epistemological Access to Numeracy
Carla Pereira and Roelien du Toit
Chapter 8: Reading Between the Lines: Examining ‘Opportunity to Learn’ in a Sample of Eastern Cape Workbooks
Chapter 9: Beyond Access: How can Schools Respond to the Crisis in Care?
Chapter 10: The Return Home: Parental Involvement in Children’s Education
Gift Luxomo and Shireen Motala
Conclusion: The Final Bell
Shireen Motala and Yusuf Sayed