oa The Journal of Independent Teaching and Learning - Convergent interests in South African public and private higher education institutions : public and private good

Volume 1, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1818-9687



There have been a number of declarations on the role of higher education. The common theme is that higher education is necessary for the sustainable socio-economic development and growth of a country. And as such it is a public good. Implicit in this standpoint is the view that only higher education funded by the state can be a public good, whilst the private sector is about profit and self-interest. This paper shows why in South Africa at least this is not the case. Both public and private higher education institutions meet a form of public good as well as provide private benefits.

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