n South African Journal of Higher Education - On the proposed new funding framework - a trajectory for growth or negative entropy for research at technikons? : perspectives on higher education




The proposed new funding framework has dire repercussions for technikon subsidies when measured in terms of research outputs. The steering mechanism for state funding is focused on graduate output rates and this lends added pressure for technikons to enrol quality students and at the same time increase throughput rates. It also implies that technikons with different mandates and resources may have to focus on enrolling more students for Master's and doctoral degrees in order to generate research output subsidies. More importantly, the funding strategy for research and development places technikons at a distinct disadvantage especially those historically institutions whose track record for research is undernourished. In essence, the funding framework although advocating a new trajectory towards sustainable growth, paradoxically appears to lead historically disadvantaged technikons towards negative entropy. This article explores the implications of the proposed funding mechanism on technikon research outputs and highlights the historical ethos of the philosophy of technikon education.


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