South African vice-chancellors warned the government recently to expect more students to drop out following shocking results of pilot national benchmark tests.
A draft report produced for the vice-chancellors’ association Higher Education South Africa (HESA) by the National Benchmark Tests Project shows that most first-year students could not adequately read, write or comprehend – and universities that conduct regular competency tests have reported a decline in standards.
HESA’s findings make it clear that South Africa’s school system, which is following the Outcomes Based Education System, is continuing to fail its pupils and the country. This will place pressure on universities to do a lot more to tackle what appear to be growing proficiency gaps.
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