[lg policy] South Africa: Higher Education Legislation Outdated - Dept

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at gmail.com
Fri Aug 19 11:07:33 EDT 2016

South Africa: Higher Education Legislation Outdated - Dept

Legislation regulating higher education is outdated and needs to be
amended, the higher education department said on Wednesday.

"There's been a lot of criticism against the current legislation," the
department's chief director for legislative services Eben Boshoff said.

He was presenting a draft bill to Parliament's select committee on
education and recreation, which would amend the Higher Education Act of
1997 in 14 key areas.

These included incorporating transformation goals, inserting new
definitions and changing existing ones, such as "technikons", and making
provision for new institutions, such as higher education colleges.

The new bill would extend the higher education minister's power to
determine policy, in particular relating to transformation goals.

It would recognise only three types of institutions - universities,
university colleges, and higher education colleges.

University colleges are growing institutions partnering with more
established universities. Higher education colleges are limited in terms of
scope, and include agricultural colleges.

Language policy, autonomy, transformation

Committee chair Lynette Zwane asked how the new bill would affect language
policies at various institutions.


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