More intra-African and South-South cooperation is needed in higher education at both the institutional and government level, ministers from across the continent said at the Going Global conference in Cape Town this month.
Fears that South Africa’s English language sector is being squeezed by restrictive visa conditions have been confirmed in the latest statistics from Education South Africa. Figures show that student numbers at member schools plummeted by more than a third in 2015.
Stakeholders in South Africa's English language teaching industry are hopeful of movement on the problematic visa situation after the Deputy Minister of Home Affairs got involved directly this week in trying to breach the policy impasse. EduSA statistics reveal declines of up to 72% in ELT enrolments from long-term markets.
To overcome a current stalemate situation around new immigration rules in South Africa, some English language schools are undergoing a new accreditation process to resolve issues over long-term study visa issuance.
Changes to visa regulations introduced this year are harming EFL schools, according to South Africa's association of English language providers, which estimates that immigration rules may cut some schools’ business by up to 60%.