Post-graduate studies in South Africa : myths, misconceptions and challenges
CITATION: Mouton, J. 2007. Post-graduate studies in South Africa : myths, misconceptions and challenges. South African Journal of Higher Education, 21(1):1078-1090.
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The article interrogates some of the current views and myths around the so-called 'inefficiency' of the management of postgraduate studies in South Africa. In this regard data are presented on recent trends in postgraduate completion rates at the doctoral level; as well as on comparative data on throughput rates. I argue that the current discourse in South African higher education is obsessed with concerns of efficiency rather than effectiveness and quality. In this process, we focus too much on managerial and administrative solutions rather than on the challenges posed by academically underprepared postgraduate students.