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Reply To Bruce Whitfield Article Sunday Times

16 Jan 2018

TSiBA CEO, Adri Marais, responds to Bruce Whitfield’s Business Times column 14 of Jan 2018. To read the article click here.

Dear Bruce,
As an NPO who does indeed provide full tuition scholarships to BBA students, we found your article (Business Times 14th January, 2018) really interesting. When we say full tuition – this is based on how much they can pay from R100 upwards.

Rarely would we disagree you Bruce as we’re big fans of your work but this is not so much a disagreement as putting forward what has worked for us for the last 14 years.
Sadly you are right when you say that “If degrees cost nothing they’ll mean nothing” – which we do find a problem when recruiting students.  We use the problem word sadly, because the reality is that TSiBA’s graduate success rate consistently remains double the national average with a 93% employment rate, which statistically means TSiBA students have a greater chance of success than anywhere in the country. This is where we disagree with your article.

We’re currently sitting with a number of scholarships to give to students who meet our entry criteria but are battling to get the word out which is really frustrating.  There’s thousands of students out there shouting Fees Must Fall and we hear them…
We’d love to discuss this further with you so if you’re interested please contact Adri Marais, TSiBA CEO, on .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


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