Minister of Higher Education and Training, Dr Naledi Pandor receives her Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in Education at the University of Pretoria. Picture: Thobile Mathonsi/African News Agency(ANA)
Minister of Higher Education and Training, Dr Naledi Pandor receives her Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in Education at the University of Pretoria. Picture: Thobile Mathonsi/African News Agency(ANA)
Picture: Thobile Mathonsi/African News Agency(ANA).
Picture: Thobile Mathonsi/African News Agency(ANA).
Picture: Thobile Mathonsi/African News Agency(ANA).
Picture: Thobile Mathonsi/African News Agency(ANA).
Picture: Thobile Mathonsi/African News Agency(ANA).
Picture: Thobile Mathonsi/African News Agency(ANA).
Picture: Thobile Mathonsi/African News Agency(ANA).
Picture: Thobile Mathonsi/African News Agency(ANA).
Photo: University of Pretoria/ Supplied.
Photo: University of Pretoria/ Supplied.
Pretoria - Congratulations have been pouring in on social media for Minister of Higher Education and Training Dr Naledi Pandor, who received her Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in Education at the University of Pretoria (Tuks) on Tuesday.

Pandor's  research topic was "The contested meaning of transformation in higher education in post- apartheid South Africa".

The minister, who holds a Master’s in Education policy and practice in multi-racial societies, and another in Linguistics from the applied linguistics perspective, in a statement issued by UP explained why she chose Tuks to further her studies.

“I was told that the Education Faculty at UP was a really good team with very powerful postgraduate support. I knew that given my schedule I should be registered at an institution with a good PhD programme. Several friends referred me to UP.

Pandor says she chose education “because it is the discipline I have always had an interest in understanding further. I am a teacher by early training and am fascinated by education".

"I learnt that there is a vast amount of absolutely fascinating education information that we need to tap into much more than we do today. I also learnt how to use research material and to carry out a very demanding academic schedule".

Professor Chika Sehoole, Dean of the Faculty of Education at UP, said it was an honour supervising the minister, having previously worked with her before the old Department of Education was split.

Meanwhile, academics, politicians and citizens took to Twitter to congratulate the minister on her achievement. 

Leading the congratulatory posts was President Cyril Ramaphosa, who hailed Pandor for continuing to "inspire" everyone.

See some noteworthy reactions to Pandor's graduation: 

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