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Extreme affirmative action in South Africa.


Promising white students are being barred from South Africa’s medical schools, while dramatically inferior black students are accepted.

From Times Online…

The 18-year-old, who matriculated at Pretoria’s Afrikaanse Hoër Meisieskool, is still determined to become a doctor, despite her applications being rejected by the universities of Pretoria, Stellenbosch and the Free State.

Lubbe is one of many white matriculants who battle to gain acceptance to medical schools, where race still plays a large role.

Now, Lubbe and others like her are studying towards other degrees to try to increase their chances of acceptance by medical schools later during their studies.

Louise van Immerzeel, 24, a third-year medical student at Wits University, completed a BSc degree before being accepted.

“I can’t explain how hard it is to get in. I have lots of people in my class with a master’s degree. There are people with PhDs that didn’t get in,” she said.

Medical school admission policies extend from a strict, race-based system in use by the University of Cape Town (UCT) to a “definite effort . to accommodate candidates from a disadvantaged academic background” at Free State University.

UCT is clear about its racial selection criteria, by which black students need to obtain 534 out of 900 points, whereas white and Indian candidates have to achieve 700 out of 900 marks to make their “admission probable”.