Here is how the Minister of Bantu Education Dr. H. F. Verwoerd described the need for the Act to Parliament:
When I have control of Native education I will reform it so that Natives will be taught from childhood to realize that equality with Europeans is not for them . . . People who believe in equality are not desirable teachers for Natives. When my Department controls Native education it will know for what class of higher education a Native is fitted, and whether he will have a chance in life to use his knowledge. [From the Washington Post article “Read the most important speech Nelson Mandela ever gave.”]
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