Social Sciences

Start Free Trial

Student Question

What do you think the long-term effects of the Bantu Education Act were regarding education, etc.?

Expert Answers

An illustration of the letter 'A' in a speech bubbles

The Bantu Education Act further enforced apartheid within education. All universities were declared to be tribal. Almost all missionary schools were shut down. Little money went to Black or "Colored" schools or to teacher training—less than a tenth of what went to white schools. Yet education was not free, discouraging poorer families from sending their children to school.

The long-term effect was that white students got Western-style standards of education while nonwhites were openly prepared for few options beyond manual labor. Minister Hendrik Verwoerd openly said there was no point in teaching nonwhites math when they would never be allowed to use it.

The law made for harsher divisions between races. It became a central focus of discontent, which anti-apartheid activists rallied against.

See eNotes Ad-Free

Start your 48-hour free trial to get access to more than 30,000 additional guides and more than 350,000 Homework Help questions answered by our experts.

Get 48 Hours Free Access
Approved by eNotes Editorial