Basic Education disputes Lehohla's stats on higher education

Statistician General Pali Lehohla told the Fees Commission on Monday that the number of successful black graduates is declining and government has not provided enough support for poor students.

Lehohla said there isn't enough support for the poor and government must fix the basic education system to increase the success rate among black students who enter higher education.

Lehohla maintains that for every black student graduating, there are six white graduates.

Director for research, monitoring and evaluation at the Department of Basic Education, Dr Stephen Taylor, says these statistics are misleading.

In fact there are more black people graduating at universities than white people.

Dr Stephen Taylor, director for research, monitoring and evaluation at the Department of Basic Education

That's not to say there isn't inequality on the base of race, of course white people are more likely than black people to attain a degree, but the number of black people and the proportion has been increasing over time.

Dr Stephen Taylor, director for research, monitoring and evaluation at the Department of Basic Education

There is one graph in particular that they have been using where they look at a very specific indicator, which is a proportion of matriculants who go on to get a degree. And according to them that has been declining for black and coloured youth. I would dispute that in itself.

Dr Stephen Taylor, director for research, monitoring and evaluation at the Department of Basic Education

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