why do students dropout of university in their first year

A study conducted by the Council of Higher Education (CHE) from 2008 to 2013, revealed that round 50 percent to 60 percent of students at higher learning institutions drop out during their first year. These findings led to the creation of the South African National Resource Centre for the First Year Experience and Students in Transition at University of Johannesburg (UJ) which hopes to tackle the issues leading to the high dropout rate. CapeTalk/702 s Redi Tlhabi spoke to the Director of the Academic Development Centre at the University of Johannesburg, Dr Andre van Zyl, about the extent of the problem and some of the ways in which universities can solve it. Dr van Zyl explained that they take up to 18 percent of students coming out of school into the system and lose a fifth by the end of their first year. We tend to lose the biggest proportion during their first year.


We are also looking at later years and we will look at that in more detail at a later stage. But it seems like the biggest bottleneck is the first year. If we lose them there then we certainly have lost them for the system as a whole and that is what we want to start addressing first. What seems to be the problem? Entrance to university as first generation (first in your family at university) Socio economic challenges Language and writing ability According to Dr van Zyl, although the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) is doing a good job in supporting students financially, it s never enough. He says that there are ways that could be explored to help students, for example, e-text books and ensuring that students don t go hungry. How to prepare students for higher education learning? Dr Andre says students should be prepared at school and at home.


He says often teachers focus more on getting good matric results and forget about what will happen the following year. He also spoke about helicopter parenting which is the most common style of parenting. He says that parents hover around their kids which becomes a problem when that particular child goes to university and suddenly they are no parents hovering around. Here are some of the comments on twitter: I m at UP, I BLEED when I mark tests. Poor poor learning ability black and white! Don t answer the question! Vusani Victoria (@VusaniVictoria) ПП : Instagram: leloe_m (@leloe_m) A hybrid marriage betwixt hi school university, might help bridge matric students thus prepng em 4 a complete different world
SydneyG (@MannaTitbits) : I thought over and above matric results student would have to write some sort of test before being accepted.


Mamile (@ntombik3) Listen below to hear of the conversation between Redi and Dr van Zyl 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.