Cape Town - A number of academics have called on the study by Stellenbosch University researchers on the cognitive function of “coloured” women to be removed from a UK-based academic journal publishing site.
This comes after the university expressed concern over the impact of the article “Age and education effects on cognitive functioning in coloured South African women”, by Department of Sport Science researchers.
The academics, who included UCT associate professor of English Dr Barbara Boswell and Unisa Research Professor Kopano Ratele, have written a letter to the editorial board of Aging, Neuropsychology and Cognition for the article’s removal.
According to Boswell: “These academics, who borrow from eugenics and racist science, have conducted themselves nauseatingly and soil the name of good, ethical, research.
“The impact of this pseudo science, if left unchallenged, will provide justification to employers and universities not to hire women of colour due to alleged cognitive deficit.