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What is behind South Africa’s high university dropout rates?

A recent article released by Moneyweb touches on the reasons for the high dropout rates at South African Universities. The article refers to recent information released by Higher Education SA (HESA), a Section 21 company representing all 23 public universities in South Africa, that the dropout rate escalated alarmingly in recent years, and is hitting highs of up of up to 35% at some universities, with the bulk of those leaving being first-year students.  It also refers to the Human Sciences Research Council’s recent study of about 34 000 students which showed that of this amount, only 14 000 students graduated, with some 20 000 dropping out of their courses, most of them being either in their first year or midway through their second year of study.

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  1. I think we need to investigate each University and their Departments and or schools. Cause we do have departments that are doing exceptionally well. We need to mention what is the cause of the dropouts at first year level. Many factors are contributing to this outcry. Example: many student take a course out of their will; not knowing what the course entails, students come to tertiary with alot of buggage:from home and others created by them. FINANCIAL is the other big factor:
    STILL I BELIEVE WE NEED TO HAVE A RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN HOGH SCHOOL EDUCATION AND TERTIARY. SOTHAT THE TRANSITION CAN ME SMOOTH. I HOPE DEDICATED AND COMMITTED CADRES WILL STAND UP FOR OUR COUNTRY INORDER TO BOOST OUR ECONOMY

  2. [...] What is behind South Africa’s high university dropout rates? March 2009 1 comment 3 [...]

  3. the should be a good relationship betwween stuents and lectures to creat a good studying envirnment.

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