Underprivileged Student’s Motivation for Higher Academic Pursuit: A Challenge for South African Higher Educational Institutions

By Salah Kabanda, Tarirai Chani and Matthew Adigun.

Published by The Learner Collection

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The South African Higher Educational Institutions has a priority to serve postgraduate students and promotion of research and development especially in broadband technologies and their applications since Information Communication Technology indeed is the future and the key to 21st Century teaching and learning. However, to ensure that Higher Educational Institutions do make a significant impact in the South African economy, they need to reassess their strategies in addressing the imbalance of black South African students in the Universities. To this end, the paper outlines factors influencing South African black student’s lack of academic aspirations and further proposes recommendations that need to be followed by Higher Educational Institutions in order to mitigate outlined factors. The research follows a systems approach to system development. However, this is not to imply that the paper produces a software artifact, but the result is a theoretical framework that outlines and curbs factors influencing South African black students not to continue with postgraduate studies. The adopted systems approach offers a step-by-step technique to developing Higher Educational Institutions social responsibility in bridging the imbalance in numbers of South African and International students.

Keywords: Higher Educational Institutions, Education, Disadvantaged Communities, Funding

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 14, Issue 5, pp.161-172. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.010MB).

Salah Kabanda

Lecturer, Department of Computer Science, University of Zululand, kwadlangezwa, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa

Miss S. K. Kabanda is with the University of Zululand where she works as a lecturer in the department of Computer Science. She lectures Information Systems and Database Management Systems. Miss Kabanda obtained her first degree at the University of Venda in Business Information Systems. Her Honors degree was in Business Information Systems at the University of North West and her Master of Science in the department of computer science at the University of Zululand. She is currently pursuing her Doctorial degree in the same department. Her main interest areas include Software Engineering with specific reference to requirements specifications and software project management.

Tarirai Chani

Research Student, Computer Science, University Of Zululand, KwaDlangezwa, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa

Miss Tarirai Chani is with the University of Zululand where she acts as a research assistant in the department of computer science. She is responsible for field work study and a mentor to both graduate and undergraduate students. She is also currently enrolled for a Master of Science degree in Computer Science. Miss Chani obtained her first Bachelor of Science (Honors)degree in computer science at Midlands State University in Zimbabwe. Her research interest include:utility grid computing and Networking.

Prof Matthew Adigun

Head of Department, Computer Science, University of Zululand, KwaDlangezwa, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa

Prof. Mathew O. Adigun is a full time staff member and head for both the department of Computer Science and the Centre of mobile eServices at the University of Zululand.

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