Branson, N, Kahn, A, (2018) The post-matriculation enrolment decision: do public colleges provide students with a viable alternative.

Author(s):  Branson, N, Kahn, A
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This report provides an analysis of enrolment patterns for public universities, public technical and vocational education and training (TVET) colleges, and private colleges. Considering government’s policy is to expand TVET colleges over the next two decades, the role of financial constraints in the enrolment decision was investigated. The results showed that household income during the matric year is highly significant in determining enrolment in all types of post-secondary institutions, including TVETs. Individual ability (as measured by numeracy test scores) is also important in explaining enrolment in both universities and TVETs, even after controlling for socio-economic background and school-quality variables. These findings suggest that
increasing the number of places available at TVET colleges without expanding funding opportunities and assessing the level of course content is unlikely to result in the target of 2.5 million learners in TVETs by 2030 being met. The research drew on the National Income Dynamics Study (NIDS) data for the period 2008 to 2015, together with administrative data on South African schools and post-secondary institutions.

Type(s):  Report