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.
'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.
Since our transition as a country from an Apartheid ruled nation to that of a democracy in 1994, there has been a substantial decline in the quality of our education system as well as the confusion of the role of teacher authority in the eyes of the student.
The infamous history of South Africa can be highly related to the overbearing inequality the people have dealt with for many generations.
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.
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.