oa Journal for New Generation Sciences - Community colleges : a vehicle for the expansion of higher education opportunities in South Africa

Volume 15 Number 2
  • ISSN : 1684-4998



The aim of this comparative-educational study is to reconstruct the community colleges' trajectory in a number of countries/regions and to highlight the value thereof in the expansion of higher education opportunities in South Africa. The study has found that community colleges make higher education more accessible to marginalised individuals and isolated communities. Community colleges have also managed to bring about better links between education and employment. The study concludes that the envisaged community colleges and upgraded technical and vocational education and training colleges may expand higher education opportunities in South Africa, and could also address the “not in employment and not in education and training” problem in the country.

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