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Is a four year undergraduate degree on the cards?

 The Department of of Higher Education and Training of South Africa is considering changing the minimum number of years required to complete most South African first degrees from three to four, spokeswoman Ranjeni Munusamy said recently. Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande has made better success rates in SA’s universities and colleges one of his priorities.

Research by the Council on Higher Education (CHE) shows a four-year undergraduate degree would allow the higher education sector to support students whose school education had not adequately prepared them for higher education.

The Research also shows 40% of those who enrol at a higher education institution will never get a qualification, and 50% of that same group will take five years to graduate, said CHE advice and monitoring director Dr Judy Backhouse. 

The research comes from a pilot study at the universities of the Witwatersrand, Stellenbosch, the Free State, Fort Hare, Johannesburg and the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University and at two universities of technology, Tshwane and Cape Peninsula.

The CHE research is to be published later this year.

To read more go to the Business Day article by Sue Blaine on allAfrica.com by Clicking Here!

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