Higher education not meeting demands

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By SAPA on June 5 2012 at 04:38pm


Higher education systems in Southern Africa are not growing to meet the demands of the burgeoning youth population, deputy higher education minister Professor Hlengiwe Mkhize said on Tuesday.

“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 was speaking at the extra-ordinary SADC meeting of higher education ministers, 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 percent of our academics have Phd qualifications, “ she said.

She said the country depended on these academics alone to produce research output, and to supervise masters and doctoral students. – Sapa

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