My Professional Quest Starts

The De Lange Report (a HSRC investigation of education and training in SA) was published in July 1981. The purpose of the report was to thoroughly investigate the prevailing educational and training state of affairs in the country.

This HSRC investigation into mainly education, identified problems and obstacles standing in the way of an effective and efficient educational system for South Africa. The report – in general – strongly emphasize, that when these problems aren’t addressed in time, that a total educational system melt down can be excepted in future.

I was working as a research assistant in the educational and psychometric section of the HSRC, when I introduced to the findings of the De Lange report in 1984. The results and recommendations dealt with in the report, sparked my curiosity and I started to study the findings of the report as a whole.

I spend almost 6 months studying the findings of De Lange Report.

I realized and came to an understanding, that when the findings and recommendations of the Report are ignored, the education and training system in South Africa will be absolute chaos in future.

Based on the general scope of the De Lange Report, a definite self-destructive spiral can be identified lurking in the educational and training system. However, the identified problems and obstacles was over whelming and it was quite difficult to accurately pinpoint the most effective means and strategy to address the many highlighted issues, indicated within the Report, successfully.

This sentiment was echoed within the publications of the Government’s White Paper in 1986. The purpose of this paper was to identify the most critical issues of the De Lange Report and put strategies in place to address these issues as soon as possible. When reading through the white paper, I realized that the most critical issues address was of an academic nature, while the findings of the “Working Committee for Guidance“, which emphasis the proper “mining” of human potential, was almost totally ignored.

Against this backdrop, I made a conscious decision to actively promote and conduct operational research into the most efficient way or strategy to use modern technologies as a set of “tools” to improve the quality and standard of self- and potential development within the educational and training system of South Africa.

This was a lot easier said than done, because was acutely aware that my present knowledge base regarding the areas of self-development, human potential and technology wasn’t up-to standard. I should embark on a quest to collect the necessary data and information for a better comprehension of how education, self-development and technology fits together and can be mutually beneficial to one another.

While working at the educational and psychometric section – during the day – and at the HSRC computer and data processing centre – twice a week at night – I also further my post-graduate studies in education and psychology – part time over the weekend – at the University of Pretoria.

This was a quite difficult and stormy 2 years of my life, but the gains of a better understanding regarding education, psychology and technology for enhancing individual self- and potential development, was really worth the effort in the end.

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