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Former NRF head defends researcher ratings


Rating system ‘transformed science in South Africa’, says Khotso Mokhele

A former National Research Foundation chief executive has backed the foundation’s much-criticised rating system, saying it transformed science in South Africa.  

“The rating system had an unimaginable transformational impact on the higher education system in South Africa,” said Khotso Mokhele. “The research intensity that we currently see … is a direct consequence of this single intervention.”

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