Signs of recovery at universities under administration

All but one of South Africa’s universities placed under administration are making steady progress, with Walter Sisulu University, for example, achieving short-term financial stability, parliament heard last week, writes Bekezela Phakathi for BDLive.

In the past two years, five universities have been placed under administration for reasons including maladministration, corruption and financial crises. They are the Vaal University of Technology, Central University of Technology in the Free State, which challenged the decision in court, Tshwane University of Technology, the University of Zululand and Walter Sisulu University.

The Department of Higher Education and Training last Wednesday briefed parliament’s select committee on education and recreation on the status of the universities and said while challenges remained, progress had been made in stabilising the institutions. Central University of Technology was singled out as the only institution that remained problematic.
Full report on the BDLive site