Tertiary education

Earlier this week we published an opinion piece titled "Crisis Point: Tertiary Education is Broken", about some of the problems facing universities in South Africa.

Yesterday (25 April 2017), I received an email from Sinenhlanhla Manana, who shared their story. See it below:

Tertiary education is broken. Universities as they currently exist and function cannot last much longer and nor should they. The dropout rate in South Africa's universities is high, while our graduation rate is low, far lower than the "ideal" rate of 25% set in the National Plan for Higher Education (Department of Education, 2001). This suggests that our tertiary education system is in crisis and needs a dramatic overhaul if it is to help shape the future of South Africa.

Parents should ensure that they plan well in advance for their children?s tertiary education. Tertiary education is proving to be vital with employment statistics proving it to be crucial in acquiring a wider range of jobs. It has also shown that only 1 in 4 students find employment.

With thousands of students vying for a limited number of spots in higher education institutions its obvious many will lose out in 2013. What are the solutions to the shortage of places in tertiary education? Gloria Castrillon offers insights and solutions into the problem.

The proposed standardisation of application fees for all universities is one way government aims to boost tertiary education and assist poor students in extending their opportunities and choice.

Exorbitant study fees continue to block the door to a promising career for many dedicated students proving that good academic results are not enough to secure a spot at a higher education institution. Parents have been urged to look at alternative means of funding for their children.

A lack of funds and steep tuition fees are the principle obstacles preventing students from furthering their education but government has committed to establishing interventions or aids to support the primary methods of funding at university level.

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