Mixed feelings over free tertiary education campaign

2016-09-29 06:00
Isaac Suleman. :

Isaac Suleman. :

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THE Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini Zulu called on parents to support their children in the campaign of free tertiary education.

He was addressing scores of people at the Heritage Day function held at Moses Mabhida Stadium on 24 September.

Coastal Weekly hit the streets in Tongaat to hear the views of the community about campaign.

Isaac Suleman (40), Tongaat resident said: “It is not going to be possible. Where is the money going to come from? Are students disputing to pay at universities? To me it is totally unacceptable in a sense that there is a way the government can come together with other stakeholders to achieve this fees must fall campaign. It is unfortunate that some parents cannot afford to pay for education.
“Burning of infrastructure is totally out of order and all those responsible for it must face the law. When the students burn the infrastructure where is the money [to repair it] going to come from?”

Tivana Chellan (17) from Tongaat Secondary said: “I applied to study medicine at UKZN School of Medicine and have been awarded provisional acceptance. I come from a humble background and from my perspective, I feel that fees must fall campaign is an excellent endeavour for the youth to display that they are standing up for the right to education.

“However, burning buildings and demolishing facilities is not an appropriate mechanism to combat this issue. And no action is being taken by authorities to address the issue on fees must fall causing future ambassadors of our nation to succumb to violence in order to bring about change,” she said.

Ricardia Ngiba (16), a Grade 10 pupils from Fairbreeze Secondary, said: “In my opinion I disagree with the fees must fall campaign. How do they expect government to generate the money? On the other hand I believe that a financial background must be conducted on every student registering at university to check if the parents can afford to pay for the studies and if they cannot pay, the university should take that into consideration­ and reduce the fees,” she said.

Grandmother of two students studying at the University of KwaZulu-Natal Neela Jaguloo (58) said: “I have two grandchildren at the University of KwaZulu-Natal and I am already feeling the pinch. Fees must come down and the government has to meet us halfway. Poor people are battling to pay fees at universities,” she said.

Rajkile Govender (74) said: “The students are doing the right thing to fight for their education. The universities must reduce the fees in order to accommodate the poor people,” she said.

Nelisiwe Ngcobo (15) said: “I think it is ridiculous to raise fees at universities.

“Every year our poor people have to dig deeper into their pockets paying for tertiary fees,” she said.

Sherone Dindayal (15) said: “We demand free education and I think the students are doing the right thing to show our government that it is high time our concerns are taken seriously,” she said.

Philasande Nene (18) said: “I am fully behind the fees must fall campaign because some of our parents cannot afford to pay exorbitant amounts at universities.

“It is a good idea to reduce the fees.
“Parents are trying hard to make ends meet and other families cannot even afford school fees for their children at primary schools,” he said.

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