Debate rages at UCT over proposed deconolisation of curriculum

Debate rages at UCT over proposed deconolisation of curriculum

- An activist group, Progress SA, has opposed the university's policy framework for decolonising the curriculum

- The group says the proposal would limit academic freedom

- Additionally, they say it will introduce a "colour bar" allowing only lecturers of certain races to teach certain subjects

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Debate seems to be raging at UCT as the university reaches the final stages of its initiative to decolonise the curriculum.

This follows the emergence of a new student activist group, Progress SA, which has condemned the university's policy framework for changing the curriculum.

The group has divided people both on campus and off, with some claiming that it is protecting intellectual freedom, while others have dismissed it as a right-wing organisation.

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Progress SA published an extensive critique this week of the university's document regarding decolonisation of the curriculum, calling the document incomprehensible.

Additionally, the group says that, if implemented, the document will have negative effects on teaching at UCT. For example, they claim that it might mean that certain subjects and perspectives, like Darwin's theory of evolution, will be not be taught, on the justification that they represent a colonial worldview.

Progress SA has said this would limit intellectual freedom at the university.

Additionally, Progress SA has condemned what they see as the document's proposal to introduce a "colour bar" which would allow only lecturers of certain races to teach certain subjects, according to the Sunday Times.

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Progress SA has also received criticism, however. Defenders of the university's framework say that the policy only aims at ensuring more diversity among teaching staff and the curriculum.

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