Varsity profs must develop own course content to curb fee increases – Manyi

2016-09-07 15:00
Cabinet has approved the South African maritime and aeronautical search and rescue amendment bill, government spokesperson Jimmy Manyi says. (GCIS)

Cabinet has approved the South African maritime and aeronautical search and rescue amendment bill, government spokesperson Jimmy Manyi says. (GCIS)

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Johannesburg – South African professors can help in the battle to lower university tuition fees by producing more of their own course content, according to Progressive Professionals Forum (PPF) president Mzwanele Jimmy Manyi.

"Part of these expenses is licencing fees for the content, which I am told costs around 50% of the expenditure," he told News24.

Manyi said the PPF was in full support of free education and that they believed it was possible, with the reprioritisation of resources, but added that universities needed to play their part too.

"We call for our own professors to develop their own content, I believe content makes up 50% of the costs. What happened to our own academics? Why can't they develop content?"

On Wednesday morning, Manyi expressed disappointment at the torching of a law library at the University of KwaZulu-Natal and called on Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande to engage more with students.

Some students have embarked on protests over fears of tuition fee increments in 2017.

Recently, Nzimande has twice postponed the announcement of fee increases, claiming he needed to consult further.

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