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Universities need to take major steps to redress inequality through access to education and work. AAP/Julian Smith

How universities can redress inequality

Rather than redressing inequality, universities are exacerbating it. They need to take radical steps to turn this around and offer better education across the socio-economic spectrum.
Prospective students rush the gates of the University of Johannesburg during a deadly 2012 stampede. Are South Africa’s universities ready for the latest crop of matriculants? Adrian De Kock/EPA

South Africa’s universities may not be ready for the latest crop of school leavers

South Africa's matric results and data from national benchmarking tests suggest that many school leavers aren't ready for university. It's also worth asking: are universities ready for them?
State school kids do better at uni than private schooled kids with the same tertiary entrance score. AAP

State school kids do better at uni

State school graduates do better at university than private school graduates with the same end-of-school tertiary entrance score. That’s the clear finding in a number of Australian studies since the 1980s…
Where is education going for South Africa’s ‘Born Frees’? teachandlearn

South African education still fails many 20 years after apartheid

Since the dawn of democracy in South Africa 20 years ago, pass rates in the country’s end-of-school exam – commonly known as the matric – have been steadily on the rise, despite indications that the schooling…

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