The Bantu Education Act of 1953 legalized aspects of the South African apartheid system, particularly segregated educational systems. Many "tribal" schools, denied proper financial support from the South African government, were forced to close down, denying thousands of native Africans an education. Universities, too, were affected by the Bantu Act.
The government claimed the act was passed in an effort to solve the ongoing ethic and racial tensions in South Africa, but many believe it was a tactic which forced black and non-white youth into the unskilled labor market, while white youth were set up for success. Many black and non-white children who lost a quality education due to the Bantu Act grew to experience economic strife.
The Bantu Education Act resulted in increased racial tensions, a drop in national educational standards, and the denial of a quality education to thousands of South African children.