The launch of Blade Nzimande's white paper and the audited data on universities exposes the steady pattern of dropouts, failure and graduation. The statutorily independent Council on Higher Education, presented the latest audited data on universities. This showed that about half of all students who enter university drop out before they complete their degrees or diplomas. (Mail & Guardian 17 Jan 2014)
Newspaper and Opinion pieces
- Type: Newspaper and Opinion piecesYear of Publishing: 2014Keywords: Higher education, Independent Council on Higher Education, University dropout, Landmark white paper on post-school education and training
- Type: Newspaper and Opinion piecesYear of Publishing: 2014Keywords: Higher education, Durban University of Technology, National Student Financial Scheme (NSFAS)
Management at the Durban University of Technology says it will address students' demands after the campus was shut down following violent protests. (Mail & Guardian 29 January 2014)
- Type: Newspaper and Opinion piecesYear of Publishing: 2012Keywords: Higher education, Science and innovation, Rural universities, Research infrastructure, Science and technology policy
Read about the two landmark firsts for South Africa's rural universities. (Mail & Guardian 18 May 2012)
- Type: Newspaper and Opinion piecesYear of Publishing: 2013Keywords: Higher education, Hate speech, Dr Ntavhanyeni Phaswana, Limpopo education, Equality court, Race relations
Investigations into allegations of hate speech by a senior Limpopo education official will continue, despite his apology, the provincial education department has said. In the audio recording, Phaswana was apparently heard telling pupils the people who collected their scripts after exams were “k*****s. He also allegedly said pupils should not call water balloons “bombs”, because they did not know what bombs were, and that he had bombs from Russia. (City Press 28 September 2013)
- Type: Newspaper and Opinion piecesYear of Publishing: 2014Keywords: Student protests, UKZN, University of KwaZulu-Natal, negotiations, disputes, university management
Media report on the need for serious negotiations between University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) management and student representatives so that the impasse between the two can be resolved [Timeslive, 6 September 2014].
- Type: Newspaper and Opinion piecesYear of Publishing: 2013Keywords: Higher education, Education, 'Language, culture and identity, Inequality, Pedagogical practice
This article describes how Neville Alexander's 50 years of engagement as a public and committed intellectual came under scrutiny at a conference hosted by the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University from July 6 to 8 2013. Titled 'The Life and Times of Neville Alexander', the conference organised its first two days around a "student and youth apprenticeship", providing an opportunity for students from various universities and youth from social movements to discuss the important themes expressed through the life and work of Alexander. [19 July 2013]
- Type: Newspaper and Opinion piecesYear of Publishing: 2014Keywords: gender equity, racial equity, university transformation, higher education, racism, black intellectuals, black academics, patriarchies
Reports the view that 'the patriarchal and racist institutional culture at local institutions of higher learning must be challenged' at a recent conference on education, organized by the Higher Education Resource Services South Africa (Hers-SA) Academy [Mail & Guardian Online, 10 September 2014].
- Type: Newspaper and Opinion piecesYear of Publishing: 2014Keywords: Higher education, Transformative systems, Drivers of change, Intensive training
Addressing the injustices of the past as well as advancing the country to global competitiveness are opposing challenges.
- Type: Newspaper and Opinion piecesYear of Publishing: 2014Keywords: Higher education, Transformation, Criminal Justice System, Qualification forgery
Qualifications fraud poses a danger to the credibility of the country’s education system, Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande has said. Consequently qualifications of those who have obtained them legitimately will be treated with suspicion, and this is unfair to all those who have genuinely worked to acquire such qualifications. (City Press14 August 2014)
- Type: Newspaper and Opinion piecesYear of Publishing: 2014Keywords: Higher education, FET colleges, Control environment, Budgetary allocations, Internal control deficiencies
Principals have been given a year to fix their severely flawed administrative systems. (Mail & Guardian 07 November 2014)