Fees: Government must lead

2015-10-29 06:00

The current wave of strike which is going on around country’s tertiary institutions is of paramount importance in a democratic society, but also it has negative effects because the time lost by learners will never be recovered.

However, the government, universities and students must find a common point of interest to settle amicably.

The important point to consider in any society is that there it consists of different, mainly the haves and the have-nots, like evolusionist historian Charles Darwin categorized them.

Rich students and poor students want different things.

Rich students usually want the best education and services from institutions and they are more than ready to pay any amount for the services, because they have the money, while poor students struggle every day and they just want to survive through tertiary years and finish so that they can turn the fortunes of their families around.

Therefore, fee increases of 10% is not in the interest of disadvantaged students since education is their only hope to overcome a life of crime, poverty and tribulation.

The strike has met with divided opinion from the poor and the rich.

The rich students are complaining that the protesters are wasting time by protesting, while the poor students feel deeply that they are fighting for a just cause.

However, the government must be a referee between institutions and the students.

It must help the institutions maintain reasonable fees which disadvantaged students can afford without compromising the quality of education.

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