Religion in education policy in South Africa: a challenge of change

Since 1995, the National Department of Education has developed a number of policies to give effect to the proposed transformation outlined in White Paper 1 (Notice 196 of 1995) and in subsequent legislation. A range of Acts and policies were introduced, many of them dealing with how religion should...

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Published in:British journal of religious education
Authors: Ntho-Ntho, Albertina Maitumeleng; Nieuwenhuis, Jan ca. 20./21. Jh.
Format: Electronic/Print Article
Language:English
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Published: [2016]
In:British journal of religious education
Year: 2016, Volume: 38, Issue: 3, Pages: 236-248
Standardized Subjects / Keyword chains:B Republic / Religious education / Politics / School
Further subjects:B Higher Education
B Religion Study & teaching
B Humanities Study & teaching
B Education & state
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Summary:Since 1995, the National Department of Education has developed a number of policies to give effect to the proposed transformation outlined in White Paper 1 (Notice 196 of 1995) and in subsequent legislation. A range of Acts and policies were introduced, many of them dealing with how religion should be dealt with in schools and it culminated in the promulgation of the National Policy on Religion and Education (2003). In all these policies the role of the school and, in particular, of the school principal has been foregrounded as important for effective implementation of policies. This article is based on research conducted to determine how school principals dealt with religion and the implementation of the religion and education policy. This study found that school principals often ignore the policy and maintain the status quo. When faced with conflict of religious interests, they partially sub-contract into the policy. The study also found that past experiences with religion in education, either as students or educators, had a major impact on how principals perceive the role of religion in schools and how they dealt with it.
ISSN:0141-6200
Contains:Enthalten in: British journal of religious education
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.1080/01416200.2014.984583