African Voices in Education by P. Higgs

By P. Higgs

The Africanisation of schooling is a hugely topical factor. The potentials and pitfalls of Africanisation have drawn loads of severe debate, either in Africa and overseas. After the political adjustments of 1994 in South Africa, there was renewed curiosity within the query of a distinctively African philosophy. This booklet offers a scientific and transparent exposition of an African voice in schooling, drawing on distinct authors throughout Africa.

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3 In this sense, agricultural research in our countries was — and still is to a large extent — in the service of an extroverted economy, that is, an economy externally oriented, aiming primarily at meeting the needs of the metropolitan, say, the French or the British economies. So far we have not gone much beyond this stage. , due to feed European industries. Research on subsistence crops necessary for local consumption is much more recent and less developed. 4 Let me draw your attention to just a few of them.

Accra: World Bank/Association of African Universities. 38 © Juta & Co Ltd 3 Manufacturing Unemployment: The Crisis of Education in Africa Paulin J Hountondji THE UNIVERSITY AS A TEACHING INSTITUTION In most African countries, the present educational systems were set up at the end of the nineteenth and the beginning of the twentieth century. The primary goal was clear: formal education was intended first and foremost to train young people for civil service. Colonial administration needed civil servants.

At the level of higher education coordination is often provided by ministries and national commissions in charge of higher education, and by committees of vice chancellors or their equivalent. The emergence in the higher education arena of private universities, of franchised campuses of overseas institutions, as well as of distance learning possibilities such as the African virtual universities,9 raises possibilities and problems of coordination, accreditation and equivalences which African countries are still to address.

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