Statistician-General Pali Lehola attributed high university students retention rate as the cause for the raising tuition fees among South African universities. At present, universities are retaining more students than they are producing graduates.
While the nation’s Institute of Higher Learning (IHL) have an annual average intake of 150,000 students, they retain about 800,000 students. In spite of the steady increment of graduates, many have only received certificates rather than degrees; which should be a concern for South Africans. The high retention rate not only demonstrates a wasteful university system, the scarcity in funding is further weakening the system.
“The fundamental problem in South Africa is around engaging, to ensure that the human resources we have are transformed into resources that are productive. This transforms education. The fees commission is central,” said Lelola.
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