Are high school teachers and university academics on the same page? An investigation into the university readiness of Business Education learners.

  • Karen Marion Dos Reis University of the Western Cape
  • Antoinette Venter Western Cape Education Department
  • Venicia McGhie University of the Western Cape


A myriad of studies nationally and internationally are continuously finding that schools are not adequately preparing learners to cope with the demands of higher education, hence the high dropout rate particularly at first year level. We found that, in most cases, research studies conducted in South Africa focus solely on a particular stakeholder‘s perception to gain insights of students’ readiness for university as opposed to corroborating perceptions of stakeholders across the South African education system. Thus, the aim of our paper is to explore the perceptions of both Business education lecturers and high school teachers in terms of how they view the readiness of learners for university, particularly for the B Com Degree Programme.

The findings highlight the lack of communication and collaboration between schools and university. Recommendations are proposed to assist high schools and universities to work collaboratively in order to ease the transitioning for new first-year students. We argue that exploring the perceptions of high school teachers and academics collectively could be a step in the right direction in paving the way for a smoother transition from school to university for first year students in B Com Degree Programmes.

Author Biographies

Antoinette Venter, Western Cape Education Department

Antoinette Venter


 Directorate: Curriculum GET

 Western Cape Education Department


Venicia McGhie, University of the Western Cape

Associate Professor Venicia McGhie

Head of Department

Academic Development Department

Faculty of Economics and Management Sciences

University of the Western Cape