Spending on failing students makes system expensive - Statistician-General

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

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