Vice-Chancellor responds to a public letter from Progress SA
In August 2016 the Curriculum Change Working Group (CCWG) was initiated to address transformation and the decolonisation of the curriculum at UCT. Progress SA recently published an open letter addressed to UCT Vice-Chancellor Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng titled: “Please don’t introduce a colour bar for teaching at UCT”. The letter is a response to the work of the CCWG, who recently released a document called the Curriculum Change Framework. In her response, Professor Phakeng addressed Progress SA’s concerns by stating that UCT cannot prescribe a standard framework for all to follow, nor can a colour bar for teaching be introduced or enforced. The latter would, for a start, be unconstitutional.