SPOTLIGHT ON EDUCATION

DEPUTY President Kgalema Motlanthe has said universities still had a long way to go before they can claim to be "transformed".

DEPUTY President Kgalema Motlanthe has said universities still had a long way to go before they can claim to be "transformed".

Motlanthe yesterday opened the first higher education summit since 1994 at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology in Cape Town.

"Transformation in our tertiary institutions remains a major challenge," Motlanthe said.

Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande last year gave tertiary institutions nine months to come up with transformation plans, ahead of yesterday's summit.

Nzimande said yesterday that transformation is not the same as black economic empowerment.

"Transformation is about more than eradicating the purely racial aspects of apartheid," Nzimande said.

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