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The capability of national education systems to address ethnic diversity

Charl C. Wolhuter, Ferdinand J. Potgieter, Johannes L. van der Walt
Koers - Bulletin for Christian Scholarship/Bulletin vir Christelike Wetenskap | Vol 77, No 2 | a188 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/koers.v77i2.188 | © 2012 Charl C. Wolhuter, Ferdinand J. Potgieter, Johannes L. van der Walt | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 27 July 2012 | Published: 13 December 2012

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Charl C. Wolhuter, Post-Graduate School of Education, North-West University, Potchefstroom, South Africa
Ferdinand J. Potgieter, Post-Graduate School of Education, North-West University, Potchefstroom, South Africa
Johannes L. van der Walt, Post-Graduate School of Education, North-West University, Potchefstroom, South Africa


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Abstract

Modern societies have become much more complex in recent decades, also in terms of ethnic identities and differences. The question arose whether education systems were capable of addressing the needs of ethnic and other minorities in countries across the globe. After examining a cross-section of education systems (in Australia, Canada, China, Israel, Malaysia, Rwanda, Russia and South Africa) with the aid of a set of specially developed criteria, it was concluded that these systems seemed to comply with the criteria in various ways, albeit in different measures and in several configurations. It is recommended that policy makers apply such criteria for enhancing the capability of an education system to address the needs of ethnic minorities and to meet the demands of increased social complexity.

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