Spending billions, with poor outcomes

2018-01-25 06:01

AN old saying can be adapted to reflect on the crisis at South African universities — you can lead students to university, but you cannot make them graduate.

In South Africa at least 50% of undergraduate students drop out in their first year, while only 15% complete their three-year degree.

Is it fair to our university staff to allow these applicants even to try to register without maybe setting higher admission standards?

Why plan to build more universities if we have such a low graduation rate and why not only allow the most qualified students to register?

Allowing in students with lower matric qualification results is only going to set them up for future disappointment, unless the tertiary exams are made easier to pass but then our economy and nation would be downgraded even further.

Surely there is a better way to spend billions when only 15% will graduate?

Why not only allow the top students who pass finance to study, and devote the other funds to small business and entrepreneurship programmes?


R. NICOLAI

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