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Interns will earn an extra $200 each fortnight under the new program. from www.shutterstock.com

Will the internships program help young people get jobs?

The path to employment is not easy for a young person. Follow the lines in our flow chart to see the many different pathways young people might have to take to secure a job.
We are in danger of returning to a stage where young people from poorer backgrounds have no hope of attending an elite university. from www.shutterstock.com.au

How universities make inequality worse

Universities must redress, not reinforce, disadvantage by ensuring more students from lower socio-economic backgrounds have the chance to benefit form them.
Students at Stellenbosch University call for Afrikaans to be scrapped as the institution’s main language. Reuters/Mike Hutchings

Why Afrikaans doesn’t qualify for special treatment at universities

Those who don't want Stellenbosch University to make English the main language of instruction have invoked South Africa's Constitution - but the assumptions underlying their arguments are false.
To understand inequality in countries like South Africa, it is important to have a good grasp of factors influencing the allocation of skills and knowledge. Shutterstock

How unequal access to knowledge is affecting South African society

In a country as unequal as South Africa, the people who have access to higher education have the power to shape the society, including its elites and middle class.
Students protest at South Africa’s Stellenbosch University demanding the right to be taught in English rather than Afrikaans, which they identify with apartheid. Reuters/Mike Hutchings

Universities need to manage hate speech, not stifle freedom of expression

The university should be the bastion of the right to free expression in the promotion of democracy, and has a moral and ethical obligation to provide spaces for fierce debate and critical engagement.

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