Editorial from ROAPE Volume 17 Number 48
Politics of Education & Cultural Production
Throughout the 1960s education was regarded as an undisputed good in most newly independent African states, a symbol of, as well as a means to national advance. Many subscribed to the call for universal primary education. Most initiated the construction of new universities, subsequently held up as objects of collective pride. The expansion of education promised both individual and national advancement. It fostered skills and offered the possibility of unlocking the creative potential of human resources for economic development. The very inequality or inadequacy of schooling prior to independence supported the view that education was the key to eliminating oppression and promoting success in the post-colonial era.