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Why are large numbers of illiterate adult members of the Luthuli rural community not attending ABET classes? : an investigation of their needs and aspirations regarding adult basic education and training.

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It is suprising that many people, especially in rural areas, remain illiterate despite efforts by the government to have all people of South Africa literate. This study examines factors that make it impractical or unattractive for people who live in rural areas to attend public adult literacy classes. These conditions relate to their cultural and socio-economic background, and have a direct effect on their apathetic attitude towards adult schooling. The study further looks at illiterate people's perceptions, motivations and expectations in relation to adult education. This is very important since once their needs and aspirations regarding provision of adult education have been optimally addressed, they could be interested to attend adult classes. Thus, the high rate of illiterate rural people could be reduced. The researcher, who is also a member of the Luthuli rural community, has a very good understanding of the cultural background of the people of KwaLuthuli. This made it possible for him to comprehend each and every piece of information that was presented during interviews.


Thesis (M.Ed.)-University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg, 2007.


Adult education--KwaZulu-Natal--Pietermaritzburg., Literacy--Study and teaching., Theses--Adult education.