SA, Norway MPs meet in Cape Town

2016-01-28 18:12
Dan Calderwood, News24

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Cape Town - Members of Norway and South Africa's parliaments exchanged information on higher education in their countries when they met in Parliament in Cape Town on Thursday.

Norway has made higher education free for all students who qualify, with the option of a loan to cover their living expenses while they study.

Iselin Nybo, of the Norwegian Parliamentary Standing Committee on Education and Research, said this was made possible by Norway's oil and gas revenue, and high taxes.

The country had a relatively low population, at around five million, compared with South Africa's 54 million people.

Norway's oil and gas revenue was shared among the people, instead of making just one or two people rich, Nybo said.

She said their standard of living was high, with unemployment estimated at around 4%.

South African MPs, led by Bevan Goqwana, presented an overview of South Africa's higher education system of 26 universities, 50 Technical and Vocational Education and Training colleges, nine Community Education and Training Colleges, and 21 Sector Education and Training Authorities.

The South African government's allocation for education was around 21% of the total national budget.

How to finance higher education has been a hot topic since last year's student protests led to a freeze on fee hikes for 2016.

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