John Pampallis was appointed a Special Advisor to the Minister of Higher Education and Training in 1 July 2009. He was previously the Director of the Centre for Education Policy Development (CEPD) for over twelve years and, before that was Director of the Education Policy Unit at the former University of Natal. From 2004 to mid-2009 he was a member of the Council for Quality Assurance in General and Further Education and Training (Umalusi) and for two years served as its Chairperson. In May 2013, he was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Education by the University of Fort Hare.
He is a teacher by profession and has taught in South Africa, Botswana, Canada and Tanzania. During the 1980s he was a teacher and later the Deputy Vice Principal of the Solomon Mahlangu Freedom College (SOMAFCO), a school established by the African National Congress for young exiles in Morogoro, Tanzania. Since the late 1980s he has worked extensively in the area of education and training policy and has published articles and co-edited three books on various education policy issues. He also led the teams that, after extensive consultation, wrote the Green and White Papers on Post-School Education and Training, published in 2012 and 2013 respectively.
He was a history teacher and has published a book on South African history, Foundations of the New South Africa, 1991. London: Zed Press. He edited a series of fifteen biographies of Southern African political leaders of the 20th century, They Fought for Freedom. Cape Town: Maskew Miller Longman. - See more at: http://www.hssi.org.za/content/our-people#sthash.7GtFopXt.dpuf