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Challenges and pressures facing the academic profession in South Africa

Koen, Charlton

Abstract:
Much was expected to change in the academic profession in South Africa following the election of a black government in 1994. Staff equity profiles suggested that the number of black and women academics would increase significantly. Everyone expected that black institutions would receive redress funding to compensate them for decades of underdevelopment. Academics anticipated that salary levels and working conditions would improve. Others expected improvements in research output. In addressing these issues, this chapter examines a number of questions. What is the state of the academic
profession in the most developed country in Africa? What terms govern work and employment conditions of academics in South Africa? What changes have occurred in the employment of black and female academics following the election of a democratically elected black majority government in 1994? How do salaries of South African academics compare internationally and what key changes are shaping the development of work practices in South Africa?

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Chapter Title: Challenges and pressures facing the academic profession in South Africa
Book Title: The decline of the Guru: the academic profession in developing and middle-income countries
Edited by: Phillip Altbach
City: New York, USA.
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
No. of Pages: 297-324


Date:2003
Document Type:Chapter in Book (Peer Reviewed)
Subject Area:Staff
Country:South Africa
Keywords:Post Apartheid, Staff, Equity, Gender Equity, Women in Higher Education, Higher Education Institutions HEI s, Qualifications Framework, International Comparisons, Staff Recruitment, South Africa


File Size:131 KB
Rights:Permission to reproduce chapter granted by copyright holder, Philip G Altbach
Date Added:20 February 2007


Koen, Charlton (2003). Challenges and pressures facing the academic profession in South Africa. In Philip Altbach ( ed ) The decline of the Guru: the academic profession in developing and middle-income countries. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 297-324