n South African Journal of Higher Education - The information gap in higher education in South Africa

Volume 28, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1011-3487



Raising the chances of employment and improving the quality of education are the two most critical and interrelated challenges for eliminating poverty and reducing inequality in South Africa. To improve the quality of education, role-players need seamless access to critical information in order to guide planning and determine progress in different parts of the education system. Shortcomings in the current information infrastructure, especially at the nexus of the basic education and higher education systems, have resulted in an information gap that needs to be eliminated, before a comprehensive picture of the education system and the factors underpinning its performance, can emerge. Local and international experts were consulted to understand best practice; to describe information requirements; and to uncover the shortcomings in the existing infrastructure. Participants from the majority of the country's higher education institutions (HEIs) took part in a survey to verify and refine the shape and consequences of the information gap. This article provides a foundation for creating an improved infrastructure that would provide the missing, critical information highlighted in the study.

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