NP government abandons segregated education

Monday, 26 March 1990

Minister of Education Piet Clase announced, after almost three decades of segregated state education in South Africa, that the principle was to be abandoned.

As of January 1991, White state schools would be allowed to admit Black students on condition that the majority of parents gave their consent for this move. This announcement came after years of separate education systems, which was implemented by the government in the late 1950s.

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