UCT’s affirmative action excluding SA’s poor?

Well, that’s what Jonathan Jansen, the vice chancellor of the University of the Free State, seems to think. Click here to read his arguments on the matter, which appeared in the Business Day as part of the Centre for Development and Enterprise’s fabulous series on “transformation”.

Jansen’s contribution to this vexed issue is a breath of fresh air, and he brings much needed intelligence and rationality to the debate.

My own thoughts on University of Cape Town’s racially-based admissions policy can be found here. They were written in my last year of school (and no I wasn’t an embittered applicant — I didn’t even apply to the esteemed institution), appearing as letters to the Business Day and the Cape Times. Although that was all the way back in late 2006, the issues remain all too relevant.


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