Government policy is not aimed at drawing the most out of South Africa’s rich academic well. This became evident from the answers provided to two written questions that the FF Plus posed to the Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation.
One question dealt with retaining academics after the compulsory age of retirement, namely 65 years. The Minister’s answer was that academics can indeed be employed for another three years, but that it seems to be the exception rather than the rule. The Minister added, furthermore, that the emphasis is rather on developing emerging academics and that retired academics should act as mentors and relief staff.
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