Education: How to Avoid Frustration

After waiting more than three months for a passport, Stephen Ramasodi, the 16-year-old South African Negro to whom Kent School in Connecticut had offered a scholarship (TIME, July 25), learned that his hopes for getting away from the land of apartheid were dashed. Said the Ministry of the Interior in a blunt telegram to Stephen's headmaster: "Application for passport refused." The philosophy behind the refusal, according to one government official: "Frankly, Stephen Ramasodi would be taught things he could never use when he came back to South Africa. Why should we let the boy be frustrated by being led to hope...

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