‘Struggling students need more support' - Statistician-General Pali Lehohla

Pravin Gordhan will make his presentation to the Fees Commission on Wednesday.

Barry Bateman, EWN

There are significant disparities in higher education success rates between black and white South Africans, according to Statistician-General Pali Lehohla.

Lehohla says there isn't enough support for struggling students.

He says that, while the net numbers of black people completing higher education studies has increased, the proportion is declining.

He compared statistics from the 90s to figures from last year.

For every black person, there were 1.2 white people who were succeeding. For every black person here, in terms of performance, there were six whites to date. This is where the problem is, that blacks do not succeed when they’re at university.

Pali Lehohla, Statistician-General

Cape Talk’s John Maytham interviewed EWN’s Barry Bateman.

Bateman is attending the Fees Commission, set up last year to look into the feasibility of providing free higher education.

Listen to the interview in the audio below.


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