Only 4% of South Africans who start school get a degree

New research shows that two-thirds of matriculants with bachelor passes go to university, and that university access of qualifying students is not biased against black or poor students. For every 100 students who start school in South Africa, only 12 go to university, and only four of them get a degree within six years, reports MyBroadband.

These are the findings in the academic paper Higher Education Access and Outcomes for the 2008 National Matric Cohort. The research used data that combines matric examinations data from 2008 to 2013, with data from all South African universities from 2009 to 2014. It also used data from the EMIS Masterlist and the 2011 national census.

The research found that matrics who attend expensive, quality schools are four times more likely to access university than those from the poorest 60% of schools.
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