Ramdass argues that the quality of South African education relates to that of skill shortage with regards to teachers, that government is not doing enough to ensure that all teachers are skilled.
There are arguably less training colleges dedicated to teachers to aid them in their teaching abilities.
This inequality reached the household of every individual of colour and affected them either directly or indirectly in a detrimental fashion.
However, what most citizens of colour of the Apartheid regime can agree upon is the manner in which the education system has drastically altered over the years.
This article will also highlight possible recommendations that can be incorporated and implemented within the education system, to improve the current complications and quality in the education system of South Africa.
The overall intent of this article is to find the relevance of Jansen's statement; 'What is wrong with our schools- [is] the complete loss of authority in education', to that of previous literature studies with regards to the education system and the effects that the history of the South African education system, during and post-apartheid, has had on the manner in which learners currently perceive teacher authority in South African schools.South Africa is a multi-cultural diverse country; this is in spite of the many disputes within our historically rich nation.Our history as a nation has for many years defined us, and categorized people into derogatory groups, not individually but collectively, where gender and race have been paving the forefront of many of our nation's downfalls.'The very name apartheid indicates the importance of race-based geography and race based policy', says Leibrandt and Woolard, by exploring the impact that poverty has on the economic history of South Africa post-apartheid, they also formulate the link that the inequality of the education system provided and due to apartheid has on procuring ill fit individuals for society.This article serves to explore whether there is a correlation between the history of the South African education systems throughout the pre- and post-apartheid years and whether the political background of South Africa has influenced the learners' perception on teacher authority.Ramdass, emphasises how crime and violence occurring within the surrounding areas of a school can jeopardise the students motivation to learn.However, the main theme explored within the works of Ramdass remains the fact that so little skilled teachers are available to teach the basics.How did the ones in authority, remain in authority for so many years before being overthrown?What made the students of apartheid disciplined enough to not overthrow the authority of the teacher or the system itself?We need to delve into the historically rich controversies of this nation, with complete emphasis on the South African education system during and post-apartheid, which dates back from 1948 to 1994.There are two important themes circulated throughout this article; the history of the education system in South Africa and the theme of teacher authority in South African schools.