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RSG Praat Saam, US Woordfees Tuesday, 7 March 2017

woordfees 1.JPGIn this photo: Jodi Hendricks (RSG producer), Prof Neil Rankin, Lynette Francis (RSG presenter) and Beverley Fanella

RSG Praat Saam, directly broadcasted on Tuesday, 7 March 2017 from the US Woordfees with support by USB Executive Development (USB-ED)

With Lynette Francis as presenter, the question was asked: "What should I study?"

Freelance professors, urban farmers, caretakers of the world's aging population – these are a few careers of the future, according to At the same time robots are to replace soldiers and computer programs financial planners. What qualifications and skills do you need in a world like this?

The reaction to the question from a panel of experts was shortly as follows:

Prof Neil Rankin of the economics department at US, said more people went to university in South Africa in die last 20 years than before. There is also more to choose from what to study.

The social economic class of a student plays a very important role regarding success at university. In the upper classes there is usually a parent that went to university and knows and understand the processes. It is the first generation student that struggles at university.

The cost of going to university has also risen substantially in the last few years.

Beverley Fanella, an education consultant and strategist in the private sector, said the choice of going to university is very much dependent on your social economic class.

After 1994 universities were inclined to enrol as many students as possible. It then became clear that many first generation students were struggling and entrance requirements were made more stringent again. Universities currently look more at good matric results and also how to provide more support.

The impact on first generation students not being successful are very big. The impact is not only on the economy as a whole, but also on the psychology of the student and its family 

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