Debating Admissions at UCT

Posted on May 25, 2011. Filed under: Education |

It’s cold and grey in Cape Town – a perfect day to get stuck into writing and put the final touches to the paper I presented at the Revisiting Apartheid Race Categories: A Colloquium event at Wits University in October.

However, while chasing down an errant reference online, I came across a very comprehensive page on the University of Cape Town website that documents a number of the different perspectives on the ongoing campus admissions debate – including links to full text articles such as that published by James Myburgh a few weeks ago and an article that appeared in the New York Times in November, plus podcasts, video footage and other content.

The site provides the following brief contextual description:

“UCT has an admissions policy that uses race as part of its selection process. Vice-Chancellor Dr Max Price has written on this topic several times and his articles have generated responses from UCT Professor Neville Alexander as well as newspaper readers. The debate has progressed through various media…”

Having heard many different perspectives on this debate, for example at the Revisiting Apartheid Race Categories colloquium as well as at the recent IJR Employment Equity Dialogue, during a visit to Equal Education last month, and in conversations with colleagues and friends, it appears to remain a highly contested issue.

Have a look at the UCT page here – and please leave your comments below!

And while you’re at it, have a look at this page detailing an upcoming Education Summit in Cape Town.


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