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Robert J Balfour

Robert J Balfour

    English only at varsity is not a remedy
    English only at varsity is not a remedy
    Much has been written about last year’s ground shift in higher education. Universities responded to calls to reconsider the extent to which...
    The middle class rules, but can it lead?
    The middle class rules, but can it lead?
    In the past 20 years, South Africa’s middle class has burgeoned – and rightly so. Aided by broad-based black economic empowerment and related...
    Mixed messages deepen inequality
    Mixed messages deepen inequality
    Has higher education become the poisoned gift of national liberation? Robert Aman, a lecturer in inclusive education, argues that the multicultural...
    Our cultures should interact, not just coexist
    Our cultures should interact, not just coexist
    Rocking the boat: ‘The vocal defence of multiculturalism that we frequently hear these days is very often nothing more than a plea for plural...
    More must walk the linguistic talk at universities
    More must walk the linguistic talk at universities
    Three years ago the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) implemented a language policy centred on the bilingual use of isiZulu and English. The...
    A lesson in power and privilege
    A lesson in power and privilege
    The recent debates about selected practices associated with the orientation and introduction programme of the North-West University's (NWU's) Potchefstroom campus have been conducted in typical media style — sensational, selective reporting tending towards persuasion rather...