June 11, 2012
South Africa's Vocational Colleges Struggle to Do Their Job
In the early hours of January 10, 2012, a line began to form outside the gates of the University of Johannesburg, one of South Africa's largest public universities. By dawn the sleepy throng of 8,000 stretched for more than a mile, prospective students and their parents intent on securing one of 800 last-minute spots in the first-year class.
When the gates opened, at 7:30 a.m., the line flooded forward. Bodies slammed into the metal fence as the crowd shoved its way onto the campus.