Reflection - Worldview and Education

A vision for a Reformed Christian college for South Africa

Johannes D. Froneman
Koers - Bulletin for Christian Scholarship/Bulletin vir Christelike Wetenskap | Vol 77, No 1 | a55 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/koers.v77i1.55 | © 2012 Johannes D. Froneman | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 06 July 2012 | Published: 20 November 2012

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Johannes D. Froneman, School of Communication Studies, North-West University, Potchefstroom, South Africa


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Abstract

A yawning gap has existed in the South African educational landscape since the effective termination of the Potchefstroom University (PU) for Christian Higher Education (CHE) by the government in 2004. The North-West University, which was formed through the merger of the PU for CHE and the University of North West, has been positioned as a value-driven university, but for all its good intentions and successes, it cannot (and never was intended to) continue the PU for CHE’s tradition of Christian higher education. Given the growth of Christian schools in South Africa after 1994, it is clear that pupils from these and other schools have no Reformed option when they choose an institution of higher education. It is therefore suggested in this article that the concept of a new Christian college should find favour amongst Reformed Christians from all denominations, races, ethnic groups and languages in South Africa. The author argues that obstacles simply have to be overcome. A balanced Reformed approach which eschews extreme fundamentalism as well as attempts at undermining the fundamentals of the Christian faith is needed. Therefore, the formation of an inclusive pilot committee to investigate the idea is proposed.

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