How high are standards in local institutions?

In a decision aimed at helping the Ministry of Education (MoE) and the government save millions in bursaries to foreign colleges, thousands of students were sent to local private institutions this year.

About 15, 000 students were to be sponsored in local institutions approved by the Tertiary Education Council (TEC). The announcement by MoE elicited excitement in the tertiary education system in the country. It was expected the development would boost the local economy and help the private tertiary education sector grow and create space for Form Five leavers.

Several international institutions surfaced while existing ones made themselves visible to and applied to TEC for accreditation. The media bought into the idea, especially as it was realised that government was wasting money on foundation courses in South Africa when students can be taught here.

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Women in Politics caucus NGO, a welcome development

In the 2014 General Election, women who stood for parliamentary elections were a mere 17 out of a total of 192 aspirants, and sadly the number dropped to 11 out of 210 parliamentary aspirants in the 2019 General Election. Hopefully, registration of the Women in Politics Caucus will give women the necessary support to join politics. While things were slowly improving, women for a long time were at the receiving end as compared to their male...

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