Salim Vally ... School of Education, University of the Witwatersrand. He is with the Palestine Solidarity Committee in Johannesburg.
Salim Vally is Acting Director of the Education Policy Unit at the Education Rights Project in South Africa and holds a BA (Hons) degree from York University and B.Ed and M.Ed degrees from Wits University. He has taught at high school level, as well as being a literacy tutor, trade unionist and, most recently, a lecturer in the Education Faculty and a researcher at the Wits Education Policy Unit. From 1995 to 1996 he co-ordinated the Committee on the Culture of Learning and Teaching in Gauteng Province. Salim also convened the education leg of the Poverty and Inequality Hearings hosted by the South African NGO Coalition, together with the Human Rights Commission and the Commission on Gender Equality. In 1999 he produced a study for the South African Human Rights Commission on Racism in Public Secondary Schools. In 2000 he co-authored guidelines for alternatives to corporal punishment for the National Department of Education.
His research interests and publications revolve around school governance, disciplinary issues at school, worker education, redeployment/retrenchment of teachers, the National Qualifications Framework, and structural adjustment policy and its impact on education. He is presently registered for a PhD at Wits and his dissertation revolves around social justice and education.