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ERIC Number: EJ894174
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Aug
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 30
ISSN: ISSN-0305-4985
Funding and the Attainment of Transformation Goals in South Africa's Higher Education
Wangenge-Ouma, Gerald
Oxford Review of Education, v36 n4 p481-497 Aug 2010
The link between the funding of higher education and the attainment of higher education transformation goals in South Africa, especially access by students from previously under-represented communities, is the main focus of this paper. Specifically, the paper examines three questions: (a) How does public funding of higher education encourage (or discourage) the attainment of higher education transformation goals in South Africa? (b) What challenges do frequent tuition fee increases pose to the attainment of higher education transformation goals? (c) How can South Africa's higher education be made affordable for indigent (mostly black) students? The paper concludes that although South Africa's higher education funding formula is generally geared towards attaining the goals of transformation, several of its aspects are inimical to the achievement of these goals. Further, declining public funding of higher education and frequent tuition fee increases by public universities vis-a-vis higher education's natural inclination to reproduce, and even to exacerbate, existing social disparities and inequalities do not bode well for the attainment of transformation in South Africa's higher education. This is aggravated by existing high levels of poverty and inequality mostly affecting the majority of the communities that were marginalised during apartheid. (Contains 3 figures, 1 table and 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: South Africa