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UKZN Academic on National Higher Education Task Team

2013/07/12 04:49:00 PM

School of Accounting, Economics and Finance Lecturer, Dr Gerry Bokana has accepted an invitation to participate in a Council on Higher Education (CHE) teaching and learning task team doing a 20-year review of Higher Education.

Dr Gerry Bokana at the Edge Hill University in England.

As part of its mandate to monitor and comment on the South African Higher Education system, CHE is undertaking a comprehensive review of the sector which will analyse and assess the extent to which the early policy values are being realised.  It will also look at how prepared the sector is to adapt to challenges that it currently faces and to innovate in order to ensure that South African Higher Education is responsive and appropriate for the 21st Century.

The teaching and learning task team is made up of five academics from various Higher Education Institutions in South Africa and a research assistant provided by the Council who will review developments over the last 20 years, highlight the challenges and identify the main issues going forward. The task team will meet periodically in the Council on Higher Education offices in Pretoria to contribute to a report on its analysis which will culminate in a final report planned for the end of next year.

Bokana said: ‘In 2014 South Africa will mark 20 years of transition to a post-apartheid country. I feel privileged and honoured to be offered the opportunity to make a contribution to this impelling process which is vital in shaping the future of South Africa’s Higher Education sector.

‘I will continue to have on-going conversation and institutional collaboration with the UKZN Teaching and Learning Strategy Group and the teaching and learning community to inform my undertaking in the Council on Higher Education teaching and learning task team. I’m looking forward to working alongside this task team of renowned scholars and I’m sure I will benefit from my new role and association with the Council on Higher Education.’

Bokana accepted the invitation after attending the SOLSTICE eLearning and Learning and Teaching in Higher Education: Effective Practices 2013 Conference held at the Edge Hill University, England last month. The conference focused on the enhancement of student learning through evidence informed practices and technology enhanced learning. The Conference offered valuable insights across a broad range of best practices, and was a springboard for useful conversation on teaching and learning in the South African Higher Education sector.

Dean of Accounting and Economics and Finance, Professor Anesh Singh, congratulated Bokana on his achievement which he said proved that academics who were part of the School were experts in their fields.

‘I believe that Dr Bokana’s inclusion among this select group of reviewers is a testament to his own skills and talent which I am sure he will use to make a valued contribution to the review of our sector,’ said Singh.

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