introduction of Bantu Education led to a huge reduction of government
aid to the already ailing learning institutions of black Africans. The
above law forced institutions under the direct control of the state. The
National Party now had the power to employ and train teachers as they
saw fit. Black teachers salaries in 1953 were extremely low and resulted
in a dramatic drop of trainee teachers.
policy of Bantu (low level or gutter) education was aimed to direct
black or non-white youth to the unskilled labor market, to ensure white
control and prosperity. All of the
above was carefully orchestrated and implemented in the name of
"God" by the powers to
be. By controlling the media they convinced the white electorate that
the cause was "just" and it would greatly benefit blacks in
South Africa. Black political
organizations reacted with anger at the new law. Thousands of parents
vowed, they would rather have children roaming the streets, than to be
subjected to Bantu Education.
The ANC and other political parties
suggested that private schools be set up, but the authorities were well
prepared, and had a new law in place making it compulsory for all
schools to be registered with the state. By 1956 the majority of black
youth was forced into Bantu Education. In 1959 this type of education
was extended to "non white" Universities and Colleges.