Student Profile & Results Analysis

Numbers

In 2020, REAP supported 521 post-school students – at universities, universities of technology and Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges.

  • 71% were studying towards a degree (17% less than in 2019).

  • 4% were studying towards extended degrees (the same as in 2019).

  • 5% were studying towards a national diploma (1% less than in 2019).

  • 3% were studying towards a Diploma in Engineering (1% more than in 2019). This technical qualification is being phased in and will eventually replace the National Diploma in Engineering.

  • 17% were TVET students, 13% of whom were studying towards a Report 191 Certificate and 4% were studying towards an NCV Certificate.

163 students were first year students – and the gender split was 48% male and 52% female.

Report 191 certificates consist of 18 months theoretical studies at colleges and 18 months relevant practical application in workplaces. NCV programmes integrate theory and practice and provide students with a broad range of knowledge and practical skills within specific industry fields.

Unarine Phuriwa
BSc Construction Studies at UJ

STUDENTS BY TYPE OF QUALIFICATION

PROVINCIAL ORIGINS OF STUDENTS

STUDENTS BY RACE

Higher Education Institutions

The largest cohort of students was at the University of KwaZulu Natal, followed by Motheo TVET College, the University of Johannesburg, the University of the Free State and Nelson Mandela University, followed by Central University of Technology, the University of the Western Cape and the University of the Witwatersrand. The smallest cohorts were at Rhodes University, Northwest University, Stellenbosch University.

SPREAD OF REAP STUDENTS BY HIGHER EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS

UNIVERSITY & UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY STUDENTS BY STREAM OF STUDY

Student Performance

Graduates

72 students successfully completed their studies in 2020 – being 78% of the students in their final year being supported by REAP. Of these,

  • 65 were studying degree courses;

  • 3 were doing an extended degree;

  • 3 were studying national diplomas; and

  • 1 was studying a higher national certificate.

In terms of time to completion:

  • 43 (60%) finished in minimum time;

  • 26 (36%) required one extra year; and

  • 3 (4%) students required two extra years to complete their studies.

18 graduates were in Science followed by 10 students who graduated with a Medical qualification. The graphs below shows the spread of disciplines amongst the 2020 graduates.

56% of graduates were female graduates and 44% male.

Graduate figures include only those who remained with REAP for their entire undergraduate studies. They do not include students who left REAP often to take up other bursaries, and who may therefore also have completed in 2020.

GRADUATES BY STREAM OF STUDY

2020 Results

REAP classifies the results of students, other than those who are graduating, as follows:

Pass: Student passes all courses registered for.

Proceed: Student passes 50% or more of the courses registered for including majors.

Fail: Student fails more than 50% of courses registered for or a major

Withdrawn:
Students who withdrew from REAP during the year for a variety of reasons, from obtaining an alternative bursary, to academic exclusion.

Excluded: Students who REAP excluded given their poor academic performance.

IST: Students on in-service training who do not write exams.

In 2020 80% of students progressed to the next academic level (i.e. they passed or proceeded).

  • 65% passed (compared to 63% in 2019).

  • 15% proceeded (2% less than in 2019).

  • 1% were completing their In-Service Training.

  • 1% left the REAP Programme to take up bursaries with other funders, often linked to their particular discipline and with potential employment opportunities.

  • 18% failed or were excluded by REAP (1% less than in 2019).

OVERALL RESULTS

FIRST YEAR PERFORMANCE

CONTINUING STUDENTS PERFORMANCE

MALE PERFORMANCE

FEMALE PERFORMANCE

Students not continuing with REAP

In 2020:

  • 3 students (1%) obtained alternative bursaries, often linked to their particular discipline and with potential employment opportunities; and

  • REAP withdrew support from 56 students, primarily due to weak academic performance.

STUDENT WITHDRAWALS excl TVET