South Africa economic update: tertiary education enrollments must rise

While South Africa’s new education policy aims to equip poor and working-class citizens with the skills needed for today’s job market, the latest economic update for the country shows that its implementation could negatively affect the national budget. Announced in December 2017, the policy offers free tertiary education to 90% of academically eligible students, to meet the national goal of doubling Post School Education and Training (PSET) enrollment by 2030. However, the 12th edition of the South Africa Economic Update: Tertiary Education Enrollments Must Rise, asserts that this will put a strain on the budget, and examines how it can be achieved without compromising education quality and fiscal sustainability.

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