Une­d­u­cat­ing sup­ple­ment

Finweek English Edition - - Letters - THEO SCHOE­MAN

IT’S WOR­RY­ING TO ME that your “Fo­cus on ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion” ( Fin­week, 31 July 2008) didn’t tell read­ers what the ac­tual sit­u­a­tion and op­tions in ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion are. Post­sec­ondary ed­u­ca­tion is worth the ef­fort and is cer­tainly very im­por­tant; but it’s equally im­por­tant for read­ers to be told that there’s a sub­stan­tial in­dus­try or sec­tor that gives more and even bet­ter op­tions than the State in­sti­tu­tions re­ferred to. The grow­ing need for post-secondary train­ing is also ad­dressed by pri­vate or­gan­i­sa­tions.

Ad­mis­sion re­quire­ments and re­stric­tions on pub­lic in­sti­tu­tions re­gard­ing the num­ber of stu­dents who can reg­is­ter means there are stu­dents who qual­ify for ter­tiary stud­ies but have nowhere to go. Such stu­dents study suc­cess­fully at pri­vate providers.

Pri­vate higher ed­u­ca­tion in SA is de­vel­op­ing strongly, in line with in­ter­na­tional trends in the ter­tiary sec­tor. Post-secondary statis­tics – es­pe­cially in de­vel­op­ing coun­tries – show the pri­vate higher ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor is grow­ing faster than the State sec­tor.

Though stu­dent num­bers aren’t yet as great as in the 23 pub­lic in­sti­tu­tions, pri­vate higher ed­u­ca­tion makes a sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion to SA’s eco­nomic and labour sec­tors. Pri­vate in­sti­tu­tions have through­put fig­ures av­er­ag­ing 80% to 90%, while suc­cess­ful stu­dent place­ments in the labour sec­tor range from 70% to 100%.

It’s there­fore also wor­ry­ing to us that only a sin­gle for­eign pri­vate in­sti­tu­tion in SA is re­ferred to – that’s Monash – as if it’s the only con­tri­bu­tion made by the pri­vate sec­tor to higher ed­u­ca­tion. SA has its own orig­i­nal pri­vate in­sti­tu­tions that can be com­pared with the best in the world. We’d wel­come it if you pro­duced a sup­ple­ment on the pri­vate sec­tor in TE.

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