Efficient Group director and chief economist Dawie Roodt believes weak economic growth is the underlying cause for the recent university protests.
Roodt, who is the co-author of Tax, Lies and Red Tape, blames South Africa’s high unemployment and poverty for the situation, which he says has been exacerbated by bad leadership leading to ideological confusion.
According to Roodt, the root problem is not money, but quality. Read the article:
Roodt said the taxpayer was overburdened and suggested that the money be rechannelled from the basic and secondary education sector.
“South Africa’s education expenditure is very high compared to other parts of the world. The problem with the basic and secondary education is not money, it is quality. Universities get badly trained students and have to retrain these students,” Roodt said.
However, free tertiary education did not mean that all matriculants would enter universities, he added.
“There are limited spaces, and not all people are university material,” Roodt said.
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