Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #165) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #165)
Transcript: efficiency of the applicant.
The Afrikaner has always been lukewarm about academic education for Africans and, in comparison with other Christian churches, his contribution to African education is quite negligable. His hostility to the English language and its influence on Africans has made the Afrikaner equally hostile to the educated African and to overstress the importance of mother tongue instruction and vocational training. The Bantu Education Act embodied this narrow approach and one of its main aims was to eradicate English influence on African education and replace it with that of the Afrikaner. If there was any doubt about this point Verwoerd's Senate speech completely removed it.
The Act and Verwoerd's crude exposition of the new policy on African education aroused widespread indignation from both black and white throughout the country. With the exception of the Dutch Reformed Church and the Lutheran Mission, all Christian churches were up in arms against the new measure and the government came under heavy attack from leading education and teacher's organisations, the famous Bunga of the Transkei, the Advisory Board, Congress, Industrialists, retired judges and press.
But the unity of the opposition stopped at condemning the new policy and spelling out its sinister motives. When it came to the crucial question of what should be done, they pulled in different directions. The assault of a great army on any position can hardly be decisive if that army is not centrally directed and the operation of its various divisions not co ordinated. In any great conflict,
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