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Transformation as an act of denudation: A response to Petro du Preez, Shan Simmonds and Anné Verhoef

Yusef Waghid
Transformation in Higher Education | Vol 1, No 1 | a3 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/the.v1i1.3 | © 2016 Yusef Waghid | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 24 May 2016 | Published: 25 October 2016

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Yusef Waghid, Faculty of Education, Stellenbosch University, South Africa


Higher education transformation in South Africa, as correctly argued by Petro du Preez, Shan Simmonds and Anné Verhoef, should become more ‘fluid [and] open-ended’. However, even more fluidity and open-endedness might not necessarily be sufficient in enacting transformation in the higher education realm. Consequently, in this article I argue in defence of a form of denudification of higher education that would impact transformation with an unrestrained openness and concealment whereby the unexpected will remain in potentiality. It is hoped that higher education transformation in South Africa would become more open and credible as has been achieved hitherto.


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