Higher education not meeting demand

2012-06-05 13:44

Higher education systems in southern Africa are not growing to meet the demands of the burgeoning youth population, Deputy Higher Education Minister Hlengiwe Mkhize has said.

“We do not have enough institutions of higher education and training, despite the new public and private institutions which have been built in various countries in the region over the last two decades,” she said.

Professor Mkhize was speaking at the extraordinary Southern African Development Community meeting of higher education ministers today, aimed at reviving higher education and training in the region.

She said the region did not have adequate numbers of well-qualified academic personnel.

“In South Africa only, 33% of our academics have Ph.D qualifications.”

The deputy minister said South Africa depended on these academics alone to produce research output, and to supervise masters and doctoral students.

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