Xolisa Phillip News editor

A silent crisis is unfolding at four historically black universities, but its scale and depth has confounded parliamentarians on what steps are to be taken to tackle it. Higher Education and Training Minister Naledi Pandor and her director-general, Gwebinkundla Qonde, have their work cut out dealing with the entrenched culture of administrative rot that has set in and is eroding the efficacy of the University of Zululand (UniZulu), Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT), Walter Sisulu University and the Mangosuthu University of Technology. Pandor and her team will have to dig deep to rescue the institutions from the administrative precipice that threatens their viability. The institutions are failing to deliver on their core mandate, which is to deliver quality higher education to students. The environments in which the four institutions operate have turned so volatile and toxic that the provision of education has taken a back seat. At a little-reported meeting of the portfo...

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