A Diagnostic analysis of the education system in Namibia

Mbamba, A. Mauno
IIEP Occasional Papers, 58
86 p.

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This study's objectives are to describe South Africa's apartheid educational policy in Namibia, to identify imbalances in educational opportunities and the impact of apartheid education on the African population, and to provide information for future educational policy formulation. Based on historical and present data--both official and unofficial--that focus on enrollment, schools, and teachers as indicators of educational system expansion, the study emphasizes primary and secondary education during the period 1962-76. Following a presentation of Namibia's geography, population, economy, and political situation, a chapter on the educational system discusses the growth and distribution of educational opportunities among the country's racial groups and regions. Conclusions and suggestions for future policy development include the following: (1) Namibia's three separate education administrations enhance racial discrimination and encourage inequalities in social and regional development, (2) the disparity in the distribution of educational facilities among races and between regions has widened, with southern section Whites most favored and northern section Africans least favored, (3) existing educational facilities must be integrated to allow equal access for all, and (4) teacher/pupil ratios among Whites and Coloured are much lower than among Africans (from ERIC database)