why do so many students dropout of university

JOHANNESBURG - The director of Academic Development at the University of Cape Town, Professor Ian Scott, says the reason for the low number of graduates in South Africa is because they aren't prepared "for conventional higher education". Scott spoke to Talk at Nine on 567 Cape Talk/Talk Radio 702 on Thursday about why so many students drop out of university. More than half of enrolled students are not prepared for conventional higher education. The best of rural learners are not well equipped for university because the standard of teaching is low. The professor argued there is a small intake into higher education and as a result a large number of students will never graduate.


We only take in over 10 percent of our youth. Asked what the solution could be, Scott said the curriculum has to be made more flexible and lengthened. Our structure of education was inherited from the Scottish over a century ago. We have to adjust our curriculum to meet the top end of schooling by adding an extra year to the curriculum to enable all kinds of developmental learning.
An estimated 33,000Pfirst-year undergraduate university students will drop out of their courses in 2015 when they face health problems, stress or financial hardship, says a new report.


The report, published by Think Education and based on data from the Department of Education, also showed that more than 50 per cent of all Australians wished they had spent more time thinking about their choice of career and tertiary study. Deputy Vice Chancellor and expert in the first-year tertiary experience, Professor Sally Kift, saidPtherePare Pa range of reasons for studentsPdeciding to abandon study. he biggest reasons we see are to do with health or stress, study life balance, financial difficulties and workload struggles, Professor Kift told The New Daily.


There is a complex inter-relationship regarding factors that lead to course dissatisfaction. Puniversity, Professor Kift saidPthere werePon-campus programs Pto help new students cope with university life. It is important for students to balance all aspects of uni life, both fun and study. Photo: Shutterstock about their course or career choice. In 2014, 244,638 students startedPan undergraduate degree in Australia. Data from the Department of Education shows thatPin 2013, 20 per cent of first-year students dropped out, changed course, or switched universities.


In addition to the study, a recent survey of more thanP1000 Australians found that more than two-thirds of people aged between 25 and 29 think that they should have spent more time considering the study or career choice they made after high school. James Bashford, Welfare OfficerPfor the University of Melbourne Student Union, whose job it is to welcome first-year students to the campus, saidPapplicantsPneed to more carefully consider their choice of course. When students have such a busy time in the final year of high school it isPinevitable that they won t make perfect decisions for what to do afterwards, Mr Bashford said.


There are also real issues around students who have to travel long distances to the campus or move into accommodation away from family and friends these can then be made worse if they don t like the course they ve chosen and aren t managing other factors like health, study time and lifestyle choices. Mr Bashford added that there can also be problems with students staying in courses they don t like because of a fear of extending time at university and adding toPtheir educationPbill.