The Role of Higher Education in Closing the Skills Gap in South Africa, a paper written by Glen Fisher and Professor Ian Scott of the University of Cape Town for the World Bank’s Human Development Group, Africa Region, characterizes higher education in South Africa as a ‘low participation, high attrition’ system, arguing that improving graduation rates and ensuring a greater contribution by higher education to meeting the skills needs of society and the economy “will hinge to a very large degree on the ability of the higher education system to increase the numbers of African students who succeed.”

The paper can be accessed here:

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