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Long, Caroline; Graven, Mellony; Sayed, Yusuf; Lampen, Erna – Contemporary Education Dialogue, 2017
The South African people have a history of resistance to domination, injustice and inequality. It is therefore surprising that there has been an increase in social inequality, since the start of political democracy in 1994. Recently, the five teachers' unions refused to administer the Annual National Assessments. This action indicates some…
Descriptors: Social Differences, History, Democracy, Professional Autonomy
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Gupta, Snehlata; Ahmad, Firoz – Contemporary Education Dialogue, 2016
The discourse around public education in recent times presents an abysmal picture of failing public schools delivering low levels of learning. The key constituent held responsible for this failure is the permanent teacher of government schools who is supposedly taking undue advantage of "high salaries" paid according to the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Public Education, Transformative Learning, Public Schools
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Bhattacharji, Prashant; Kingdon, Geeta Gandhi – Contemporary Education Dialogue, 2016
Many Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries publish school rankings annually, based on the aggregated student performance of different schools in the (high-stakes) board examinations. The literature cites two reasons in favour of the public availability of information on school performance: first, the highly valued…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Academic Achievement, Access to Information, Educational Quality
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Vijaysimha, Indira – Contemporary Education Dialogue, 2013
Concerns about the professional development of teachers have a political dimension as governments around the world engage in the discourse on global standards and want to improve the quality of their school education. Increasingly, teachers are feeling the pressure of securing high achievement scores and large-scale assessments of student learning…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teacher Education Programs, Educational Quality, Educational History