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Still stuck in the middle of the social sandwich

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This was as disastrous as the decision to throw out the existing curricular model and replacing it with OBE

Picture: Sihle Mlambo

I reinvented myself through further postgraduate study that led to my appointment as teacher-trainer at Cape Town College of Education in 1995. Sadly, during a rush of blood to his head, the then-minister of education trashed teacher-training facilities and reconfigured them into universities of technology.

To me, this was as disastrous as the decision to throw out the existing curricular model and replacing it with OBE. 

The next time my life-function changed was the invitation to write the column you are reading. The agonising redefining of relevances attests to my constant involvement with change.

Sadly, I still experience a second form of racial marginalisation under the present government. I am not seen as a true Struggle hero because the terms of veracity are unclear.

Sardonically, I realised that the previous social sandwich consisted of a white slice at the top, a black slice at the bottom, and us mixed lot in the middle. Now the format had changed, with the black slice on top and the white slice below. And where are the “others”?

Still in the middle.

But that is fuel for another little fire at a later stage. Watch this space.