Statistician-General Pali Lehohla says South African universities service nearly one million students, which is a significant burden because the figure should be closer to about 600 000.
Stats SA released a report containing the financial statistics of higher education institutions (2015) on Tuesday.
Lehohla says you’d expect no more than 600 000 students, including those who pursue doctorates, if people don’t fail or repeat the academic year.
“We have a million, so we have about 400 000 more students who are clogging the system,” he said.
“We’re spending money on students that do not succeed and that’s what making the system more expensive.”
The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviewed Lehohla.
Listen to the audio below for the interview (and/or scroll down for quotes from it).
We’ve got to make sure that those who qualify must be supported. You shouldn’t be searching for food and accommodation.— Pali Lehohla, Statistician-General
There’s no free education. Education has to be paid for.— Pali Lehohla, Statistician-General
The economy has an appetite for people with degrees.— Pali Lehohla, Statistician-General
Recommendedby THE NEWSROOM
The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Hippo Water Roller Project CEO Grant Gibbs.
The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Investec Asset Management Economist Nazmeera Moola.
What is the "independent university” landscape like? Bruce Whitfield interviews Dr Jane Hofmeyr.
The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Telkom CEO Sipho Maseko about his pledge.
Small business guru Pavlo Phitidis invites entrepreneurial thinkers to come up with sustainable solutions.
Tax expert Professor Mathew Lester says the current tax base cannot come to our rescue. He proposes the following solution…
The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Gore about his attitude to money (hopes and fears, successes and failures, etc.).
Sunday Times journo Thanduxolo Jika who broke the front page story about the Gupta family emails vouches for their authenticity.
Wits associate professor of economics Christopher Malikane speaks to Azania Mosaka about the term that is being bandied about.
What does Citadel’s famed disciple of contrarian, deep-value investing Dr Adrian Saville hope for (and fear) about money?
The EFF lawyer stole the show during the state capture report court battle.
WIN R2000! But only if you can prove you're a whiz of the MTN Biz Quiz by answering the following three questions...