n Journal of Educational Studies - Student drop out in a post-graduate certificate in education : challenges and implications

Volume 11, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1680-7456



High student dropout and corresponding throughput rates undermine all attempts to widen access to higher education in general. While dropout rates are a cause for concern generally, this problem should also be understood within the unique context of the University of South Africa. In response to the findings of the Higher Education Quality Committee report, this research project sought to investigate causes of dropout in a Post-Graduate Certificate in Education programme and present mechanisms for addressing the causes. The research highlights the complexities in determining dropout and throughput rates at the University of South Africa. Data were gathered from interviews with the 2004 to 2007 cohorts of students who dropped out. The research is important and differs from other studies on retention and dropout rates in contact universities in South Africa. The outcomes of the research are proposed intervention strategies for adoption by various role players, including the University programme managers, module coordinators and administrative staff.

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