Recognition of Prior Learning, Benefits and Social Justice in the Policing Sector

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  • Author(s):
    • Lackey, Bradley
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  • Country:
    South Africa
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  • Keywords:
    social justice, policing


Master's Thesis, University of the Western Cape, South Africa

Retrieved Aug. 4, 2017 from 


Conceptualised within Habermasian critical theory, the conceptual framework includes

concepts such as domination, emancipation and emancipatory education, and frames RPL as

emancipation. Recognition of prior learning is promoted by the South African government as

an instrument for access and redress. This research paper focuses on an investigation into the

benefits of the implementation of RPL policies and practices in the policing sector. Findings

reveal that the participants in the study who are employed in the policing sector enjoyed a

wide range of emancipatory benefits, including access to formal academic programmes.

Furthermore, these programmes enabled historically disadvantaged staff to gain formal

qualifications which in turn provided access to higher salaries and promotions. Explaining the

latter as redress, I argue that RPL is a form of emancipation that has liberated disadvantaged

staff from apartheid discrimination and domination. [Author Abstract]