Student protests a cause for concern - SAHRC

2015-10-23 11:16
(Jeanette Chabalala, News24)

(Jeanette Chabalala, News24)

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Johannesburg – The growing intensity of student protests is a cause for concern and a solution needs to be found quickly, the SA Human Rights Commission said on Friday.

“Whilst it is clear that the protests point to underlying and systemic factors that require resolution, the commission is desirous that normality of classes, learning and teaching is restored,” spokesperson Isaac Mangena said in a statement.

If implemented, recommendations made at the higher education summit held in Durban earlier this month could help alleviate the cost of tuition for poor students, Mangena said.

A central issue discussed at the summit was funding tertiary education to ease the burden on students, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds.

The commission would soon present a report to Parliament about the outcome of a probe into the speed of transformation at higher learning institutions.

On Friday, thousands of students countrywide were continuing their protests demanding an end to fee increases.

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