The liberal component in vocational education and non-formal education in Britain, and its possible relevance to the development of non-formal education in the Republic of South Africa : an exploratory study
In June 1980 the South African government requested the Human Sciences Research Council to make a thorough investigation into the provision of education in the country. A committee was appointed under the chairmanship of Professor J.P. de Lange. This committee is reputed to have made the most comprehensive investigation into education in South Africa ever undertaken. The first principle enunciated by the de Lange Committee was: "Equal opportunities for education including equal standards in education, for every inhabitant irrespective of race, colour, creed or sex, shall be the purposeful endeavour of the state." The de Lange Report recommended a greater emphasis upon vocational education and non-formal education. Non-formal education would be a practicable way of making more education available to a greater number of people.