Key Points:

  • Expanding the size, quality and diversity of post-school education in South Africa is vitally important. Without this, it is hard to see how we can meet critical national goals. Faced with rapidly expanding demand and limited public supply, Brazilian authorities opened up the system.
  • Private institutions have been instrumental in the rapid expansion of the higher education sector in Brazil without undermining the quality of provision.
  • South Africa can learn from other countries that have successfully expanded access to higher education.
  • One such country is Brazil. Faced with rapidly expanding demand and limited public supply, Brazilian authorities opened up the system. Private institutions have been instrumental in the rapid expansion of the higher education sector in Brazil without undermining the quality of provision.
  • In addition private profit making companies made a large contribution to vocational training, developed more effective teaching materials, used television programmes to enhance skills development, and set-up large education chains to exploit economies of scale
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