*** South African school uniform : chronology

South African School Uniform: Race

South African schools race
Figure 1.--Here we see a scene at a private school in South Africa. An older pupil is reading a book to his younger mates. Notice the racial mix. We are not sure of the educatiional value of this.

Public schools under the Aprtheid system were strictly separated by race. Schools for black childrens were poorly funded. The campaign to bring down Aprtheid began when the Government began instruction in Afrikans rather than English. The Apartheid regulations, however, did not extend to private schools, many of which also had colored (mixed race and Asian children) and blacks. Thev term'colored' primarily meant mixed race, but sometimes included Asians. Sharlto Copley (1973- ) is a South African producer, actor, and director. He is perhaps best known for playing the role of Wikus van de Merwe in the Oscar-nominated sci-fi film District 9 (2009). He next starred in the new film version of The A-Team (2010). He recalla at age 10 forming an A-Team 'gang' in his class in a private school. At the time the 'A Team' was a popular TV program in Soyth Africa and Sharlto's favoirite show. A nother group of four boys also formed an A-Team gang. Both had a black member for Mr. T. They had a fight to determine who would be the A-Team gang. A 11 he had a Mr. T birthday cake with Souh African flag decorations. [Copley] Even with the end of Apartheid. South African schools remain largely segregated altyhough no longer by law. Public schools are primarily attended by bklack children and many white children attend private schools. This varies somewhat by locality. Some public schools in areas where mostly whites live there are public schools that white children. Coloreds meaning Asian children are a third group. White students almost exclusively attend former whites-only school. The average white student attended a school that was 69 prcente, 3 percent Asian, 9 percent colored, and 20 percent black. The number of black children at private schools has been increasing, but the children at these schools are oprimarily white. This is because privae schools are fee paying schools.


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