EASTERN Cape universities are questioning the findings of a study by University of KwaZulu-Natal researchers, which found the country's institutions to be up to 382 years away from total transformation.
The study – conducted by mathematician Professor Kesh Govinder, master's student Nombuso Zondo and vice-chancellor Malegapuru Makgoba – devised a formula, or equity index, to measure how universities were doing in terms of properly reflecting the demographics of the country. The findings, which the researchers said showed transformation in the country's higher education institutions was "far from ideal", were presented to the portfolio committee on higher education in parliament last Wednesday.
The Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University and University of Fort Hare were found to be going "in the opposite direction" of transformation in terms of student enrolment, with a negative value equity index rating – at -30 and -15 years respectively.
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