Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni
Premium Journalist
4 minute read
17 Mar 2021
4:50 pm

Race-based university admission policies: what’s the reality?

Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni

Debates around admission policies were sparked after a social media post suggested a straight-A student was rejected by UCT medical school.

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Are universities' race-based admission policies unfair and depleting the quality of medical students and doctors in South Africa? Fierce debate on this issue was recently sparked when Western Cape health MEC Debbie Schäfer  shared a post on Twitter suggesting a straight-A student was rejected by the University of Cape Town's medical school due to his race. This prompted outrage from Afriforum CEO Kallie Kriel and others. What exactly does it take to be “competitive”????? pic.twitter.com/XLx8lizybY — Debbie Schafer (@DebbieSchafer) March 13, 2021 What a disgrace! @afriforum is more than willing to assist in fighting this should our assistance be required....