Lehohla: Policies on educational inequality not enough

Pali Lehohla presented statistics which showed that for every black graduate, there were six white graduates succeeding at university.

FILE: Statistician-General Pali Lehohla. Picture: EWN.

PRETORIA – Statistician-General Pali Lehohla says that fixing basic education and ensuring support for young pupils will help increase the success rate among black students who enter higher education.

Lehohla made the comments at the Higher Education Fees Commission in Centurion on Monday.

President Jacob Zuma established the commission last year to investigate the feasibility of free higher education.

The statistician says that the policies being implemented to address historical inequality in basic education are probably adequate, but he says it requires more.

“Fixing that is not an easy thing. I think teachers must teach in class, children must come from households where they have the ability to listen and the support from the parents but you see the absence of parental support from the parents, largely because of circumstance.”

Lehohla presented statistics which showed that for every black graduate, there were six white graduates succeeding at university.

He says while the net number of black students entering university is increasing, the proportion of those who succeed is regressing.

(Edited by Masechaba Sefularo)