South African author and lawyer, Christine Qunta, says white supremacy still prevails in higher learning institutions through curriculum, management and structures.
Qunta was delivering the memorial lecture of former PAC founder and President Robert Sobukwe at the Nelson Mandela University in Port Elizabeth.
Tuesday marked the 40th anniversary since the passing of Sobukwe.
“You get a student going through four years or five years of university, but doesn’t know his history prior the colonisation period and I think that is quite abnormal. The government for the start should intervene in a very radical way and make a decision from a particular point it could be 10 or 20 years. Universities should not be used as a medium of instruction. Think about 80% of people in this country do not have English as their mother tongue.”
Qunta also says the introduction of African languages as mediums of instruction and the implementation of viable policies at institutions of higher learning are critical for the transformation of South African universities.
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