Monday, 04 April 2016 10:00


THE recent student protests were a reminder of how slow progress has been in restructuring national institutions in general, and higher education in particular, during the past 20 years. While unhappiness over fee increases and upfront payments at registration were a proximate cause of the protests, there is something deeper that drives the student revolt.


There may not be a cohesive ideology or formidable leadership anchorage behind the protests but, taken together, the intensity of the demands set out by the students suggests that another phase of higher education restructuring is needed. Piecemeal measures by government and university leaders will only postpone the pain. There has not been a thorough review of the workings of the higher education system and the kind of trade-offs needed to drive progress.


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