Wednesday, 2 January 2013
Higher Education and User Pays
Interesting (US-focused) piece on the user-pays problem in Higher Education (from Open the Echo Chamber). As a region, higher education opportunities in Southern Africa are both extremely limited and overwhelmingly government funded. Here, too, tuition fees have risen steeply over the last decade, with little corresponding increase in value or quality. East Asian countries accelerated their development partly by investing heavily in making high-quality, focused higher education available to a large portion of society. Are Southern African countries learning from this or allowing anti-tax, anti-big-government trends in the West to justify the neglect of an essential development programme?