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Higher Education Institutions Record Increased Enrollments


The Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) is pleased with the increasing number of enrolments over the past few years in the Post School Education and Training (PSET) sectors.

Over an 11-year period (2010-2020) there has been an increase in enrollments in public Higher Education Institutions (HEI) by 22.6%.

In theĀ report, the Higher Education confirmed: “Headcount enrolments at universities have more than doubled from 495 356 in 1994 to 1 094 808 in 2020.”

This is an indication of the youth being drawn more to universities, whereas enrolments in TVET college programmes declined by 32.8% from 673 490 in 2019 to 452 227 in 2020.

It has been reported that the major contributing factor in the decline in the number of students is the Covid-19 pandemic, whereby it is said that students were not enrolled in TVET colleges during the second semester of the 2020 academic year.

According to DHET, there was a large gender gap, seeing more female students enrolled for undergraduate degree qualifications in all fields of study excluding the Science, Engineering, and Technology (SET) field of study, where males (7 191) outnumbered females.

In doctoral degrees, there were more males than females.

Business and Management was in the lead in terms of the number of graduates produced, with 27.5%, followed by SET with 27.2% in the fields of study.

It has been reported that of the total enrolments, 433 4949 (96%) were youth, and 4 258 (1%) were people with disabilities.

Student enrolment in registered private colleges inclined by 106.4% between 2010 to 2020.

In TVET colleges there were increased completion rates for N3, N6, and National Certificate (Vocational) (NC(V)) Level 4 over the period 2013-2020.

DHET confirmed that there were high enrolments of females across public TVET colleges and universities.

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