higher education and training
"Only 5 percent of African and coloured young people in South Africa successfully complete university."
The current public "debates" contain many myths or misconceptions about what free tertiary education in South Africa would mean.
As President Zuma’s fee-free plan puts universities into a quandary, Jonathan Jansen ponders whether we live in a time of the end of universities.
It’s not enough any longer to simply want to learn.
'It would be hypocritical for those of us who have university qualifications to say that South Africa should forgo universities altogether.'
At the opposite end of the scale from free education, the rich are paying through the nose for exclusive private schools.
At the core of the education ecosystem must be the idea that African problems require African solutions.
The nature of our economic system in South Africa and globally indicates that higher education is critical to economic participation.
'This is a government policy choice, and it should not be landed on the tertiary institutions to manage or implement.'
"Political leaders are public representatives – they're meant to build and assist public institutions." – Wits' vice-chancellor, Professor Adam Habib.