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Detractors argue that decolonising the curriculum to include writers like Steve Biko (who was much admired by former president Nelson Mandela) will lower standards. Mike Hutchings/Reuters

South African students must be given the chance to read what they like

Evidence from an 18-month-old research project suggests that making elements of the Humanities curriculum more Afro-centric boosts student engagement.
Xhosa women celebrate in Qunu in the Eastern Cape. It is time for African languages and cultures to dominate at the continent’s universities. Antony Kaminju/Reuters

African languages have the power to transform universities

African universities need to boost local languages onto the same exalted platform as English before they can be considered truly transformed.
It’s not that Shakespeare needs to burn out – but it’s time for him to fade away. Suzanne Plunkett/Reuters

It’s time to take the curriculum back from dead white men

When literary studies degrees focus almost entirely on the work of white, male writers, we do our students and the academy a great disservice.

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