oa The Independent Journal of Teaching and Learning - Editorial

Volume 7, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1818-9687
  • E-ISSN: 2519-5670



Challenges surrounding the massification of higher education are not confined only to South Africa but also concern governments, policy makers, and managers of higher education institutions globally. Indeed 'Attaining and Sustaining Mass Higher Education' was the theme of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) biennial conference in Paris in September 2012. The management of access - one of the sub-themes of the conference - is particularly important. This is crucial for successful higher education study, which is a major contributor to young persons fulfilling their aspirations, their future employability, and by extension leading prosperous and fulfilled lives. However, it could be argued that this sub-theme is even more important for South Africa as it continues with its national transformation project of society, and the important role that higher education is expected to play in contributing to the economic development of the country.

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