Jansen forgot about white ‘affirmative action’ academics

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Jansen forgot about white ‘affirmative action’ academics

FREE TO READ | A Unisa lecturer responds to Jonathan Jansen’s article on its ‘race problem’

Madidimalo Richard Moila

Prof Jonathan Jansen starts by attributing “damage to our universities” to Unisa’s transformational criteria. I am not sure whether transformation at any institution of higher learning could do reputational harm to a system that needs fixing.

He correctly points out that the role of the university, among other things, is to “engage the brightest young minds available” and “to set the highest standards for research and teaching”, which Unisa has done for more than 140 years to date and is still doing.

I think Unisa has produced and still contributes to the large numbers of university graduates in SA and abroad. The throughput of students at Unisa happens as a result of combined efforts of those academics who belong to the designated groups in terms of Employment Equity (EE) and Affirmative Action (AA) policies of the government...

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