New Era (Windhoek)By Irene Ihoaës. Higher education institutions in Southern Africa are described as elititist, because overall higher education provision in the region is low by world standards.
According to studies done by the Southern African Regional Universities Association (SARUA), while there has been rapid growth in student enrolments, country systems remain small, resulting in competition for places being high.
"Demand for higher education has outstripped capacity and this has, in some cases, led to overcrowding and concerns about the quality of offerings," SARUA said in a presentation made to the Extraordinary Meeting of SADC Ministers of Higher Education and Training. Read more...