2. Has South Africa in the last 10 years built universities and colleges that I do not know of? At the moment South Africa does not have the capacity to even absorb the 26.6% who have qualified with endorsement for a degree program. Just imagine then if it was the same as IEB. What would we do? Will SA pay to send the rest outside the country to skill themselves or will we leave it to the completely private education sector to provide for a majority of matriculants. How do we then make it affordable for the masses who surely come from low income families.
3. More connected to one, if the whole country was at 98% pass rate for grade 12 learners we would have solved the international education problem. I have to be more realistic here and say that I do not think the DBE knows that it has been tasked with solving the international education problem. Meaning the challenge of almost everyone passes and almost everyone goes to University. Looking at the pass (graduation) rates of the top OECD countries, the best ones have pass rates around 96%. These being Portugal, Slovenia, Japan etc. Most of the western countries have separate entrance exams for universities not tied to the 12th grade pass requirements. This accomplishes a number of things, the best schools tend to choose the best performing learners from the entrance exams. At the same time, with limited spaces it controls for the supply-demand tradeoff.