Students march to Parliament, demanding free education

2013-07-24 17:18

Students have marched to Parliament, calling for free education.

SA Students’ Congress (Sasco) provincial secretary Sello Nkatho said the students marched from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology in Cape Town today.

The group intended to hand over its memorandum to a representative of the education commission.

Nkatho said the students wanted education to be free for every young person who qualified as poor, according to a government means test.

He envisioned the education assistance taking the form of a bursary.

“There is a body of evidence gathered that shows where government has a political will and correct administration, education can be made free for the poor, the disenfranchised, and the destitute,” he said.

It was unacceptable that higher learning institutes increased their fees between 8% and 12% each year, said Nkatho.

Sasco would continue with marches and “other alternatives” should government not respond to its call.

Marches were taking place today in all provinces except Free State, where a march had been postponed.

A national march was planned tomorrow and would start at the Tshwane City Hall in Pretoria.

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