Many South African students prefer universities and neglect technical colleges. EPA/Kim Ludbrook
Improved education is widely regarded as one of the key dimensions needed to address South Africa’s pervasive legacy of poverty, inequality and youth unemployment. Improving access to higher education and to technical colleges in particular has a special place in this debate.
The research is clear on this. The completion of any post-schooling education substantially improves labour market prospects. Therefore increasing access is critical.
But much of the debate has focused on the high costs of tertiary education and the need for fees to fall at universities. A bigger challenge is increasing the overall number of students enrolled in the technical college system known in South Africa as Technical and Vocational Education and Training.
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