Inclusive education and training systems: Illusion or reality? The story of Nothemba.

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This article explores the challenges facing the South African National Department of Education in its commitment to provide equal educational opportunities for all. The Story of Nothemba is central to the theme of this paper. It describes the story of a South African girl born in eQebe, whose physical disability and systematic disregard for her constitutional rights dashed her life time dream and passion to become a lawyer in a democratic South Africa. The paper argues for a critical interrogation of the following dynamics that have the potential to complicate both the implementation and optimization of the Inclusive Education Policy: (i) Understanding the social stereotypes about disability, (ii) Teacher empowerment, (iii) Systemic imbalance between support and expectations, (iv) Adopting relevant curriculum policy and assessment strategies and practices, and (v) Utilizing the research logic to inform policy implementation. The paper further calls for a robust interrogation at conceptual level about disability' to inform the current policies on education and training, teacher training and development, curriculum and assessment strategies.


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Monyooe, L. A. . (2005). Inclusive education and training systems: Illusion or reality? The story of Nothemba. Education Policy Analysis Archives, 13, 3.
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Lebusa A. Monyooe, National Research Foundation, South Africa

Lebusa A Monyooe is employed in the Directorate Research Promotion and Support as a Manager for these Focus Areas: Economic Growth and International Competitiveness, Information and Communication Technologies, Challenges for Globalisation: Perspectives from the Global South and Sustainable Livelihoods: Eradication of Poverty at the National Research Foundation (NRF) in South Africa. Prior to that he was a Research Specialist in the Assessment Technology and Education Evaluation research programme at the Human Sciences Research Council. Lebusa has an extensive teaching experience both at high school and university. During 1989 -2001 he worked at the University of Transkei, South Africa as a Senior lecturer in the Department of Educational Foundations. His areas of specialization are (i) Curriculum Design and Development, (ii) Teacher Education, (iii) Assessment and Evaluation and (iv) Educational Policy and Management. Lebusa holds a Master of Education in curriculum design and development, which he obtained from the University of the Witwatersrand in 1987. He is currently working on a PhD degree in education. Lebusa has read papers at conferences nationally and internationally. He has published articles in accredited journals such as International Journal of Educational Development, Research in Education, Psychological Reports, The Journal of Social Psychology and South African Journal of Higher Education. He has also co-authored an Anthology of Southern Sesotho Poetry such as Binang Mmoho and Short stories- Radihlaba.