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Low student throughput clogging and costing universities - StatsSA

South Africa's poor student throughput rate has created a significant burden for universities, says Statistician-General Pali Lehohla.

Stats SA has released the financial statistics of higher education institutions report for 2015 in Pretoria, reports EWN's Barry Bateman.

Lehohla says universities serve almost one million students, but the figure should be closer to about 600 000.

Lehohla compared the current enrollment rate to the number of students currently in the higher education system, explains Bateman.

While there has been a steady increase in the number of enrollments over the last decade, there are not nearly enough graduates leaving the system.

Lehohla took into account several factors causing what he refers to as "congestion" in the system and says the low throughput is contributing to the high costs of tertiary education.

He said it's inefficient and that we shouldn't have such a high number of people for what's going in compared to what's coming out.

Barry Bateman, EWN reporter

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