Education and awareness about gender identity and sexual orientation are crucial.
Many people use religion and culture as explanations for their homophobic attitudes.
University students can cheat on any type of assessment.
It doesn’t matter how assessments are given to students, as students can still find a way to cheat.
Many students often work part-time and have family responsibilities.
How we calculate university drop-out rates must be amended to reflect the changing cohort of university students, who often dip in and out of study and take longer to complete their degree.
South Africa has 11 official languages. Why do universities only favour two?
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Universities pay too little attention to the knowledge and experiences that students bring to their institutions from different cultures and backgrounds.
Tanzania’s government is spending money on students who don’t exist.
Tanzania's government has uncovered evidence of 2 000 "ghost" students who are fraudulently obtaining loans. This costs the country and other students dearly.
In South Africa there's a value judgment attached to students who take part in universities’ English for Academic Purposes programmes. This shouldn't be the case.
There is a growing authoritarian impulse in South Africa, including among some student activists.
Sections of South Africa's student movements regard transformation as a complete failure. Responding to this perceived failure, some have adopted an anti-democratic stance.
Transforming the curriculum isn’t as simple as replacing some books with others.
Curriculum transformation has to happen. But it has to go further than simply borrowing ideas and concepts.
Education provides a way out of rural areas – but the transition to city life can be very hard.
Students who move from rural areas to cities to pursue university degrees grapple with what it means to “leave behind” their home languages.
Many students don’t consider downloading textbooks to be piracy.
When it comes to accessing online learning materials, university students don't think much about whether their downloads might amount to piracy or copyright infringement.
Racial tensions are becoming increasingly common among South African university students.
University students in South Africa tend to fall into a "single story" trap, ignoring other individuals’ experiences to construct an understanding of the country's political realities.
It depends on what you mean by ‘graduates’.
Yes, universities need to produce good scientists - but their graduates should be good citizens, too.
University protests in South Africa have showed that the countries students are hungry for real change. This desire can be harnessed to create a generation of "citizen scholars".
Using sign language is just one way for deaf people to communicate. New technology is emerging that helps with learning.
One South African student's experience with live captioning technology may be the start of an exciting change for deaf university students who do not use sign language.
Up to 40% of South African university students drop out after their first year.
There are a number of factors outside the academy that hold first-year university students back. Addressing these can improve retention rates.
Some students say they are too frightened to bring a same-sex partner back to their residence.
How do lesbian, bisexual and gay students experience life in a South African university residence? Sadly, with a great deal of fear.
Market forces take their toll.
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