Sasco calls for free quality education

2013-04-22 08:50


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Johannesburg - The government has no clear intentions of dismantling "neo-liberal" curriculum content in the country's universities and colleges, the SA Students' Congress said on Sunday.

"The NEC [national executive committee] has noted the shilly-shallying by the department of higher education and training in implementing [the] ANC resolution on provision of free quality higher education for the poor until undergraduate level," Sasco said in a statement.

"We also noted the intention of the [department] to introduce foreign concepts like ‘fee-free education’ with a mischievous intent of defocusing the public on real issues in higher education and reducing the entire struggle to funding."

Sasco called on all South Africans to help ensure that students from poor and working class backgrounds had access to institutions of higher learning and further training.

"We also call upon the society to reject with contempt the desperate attempts to turn our education institutions into exclusive clubs for the rich and elite," it said.


Sasco's national executive committee (NEC) met in Johannesburg at the weekend.

At the meeting, the NEC rejected the National Development Plan (NDP), calling it a futile public relations exercise by the government.

"The NDP will not help us deal with the deepening triple crisis of unemployment, poverty and inequality in South Africa," said Sasco.

"We totally reject the NDP, as it is built on the ultra right wing notion of open opportunity society and does not seek tamper with South Africa’s neo-liberal development trajectory."

In the run-up to the 2014 elections, Sasco urged all students to vote for the African National Congress.

It said the ANC was the only party which had students' best interests at heart.

"The vote for the ANC is a vote for our well-being as students.

"The ANC has made great strides, despite some challenges, in ensuring an enabling environment for academic excellence," it said.

The student organisation said it would intensify its campaign to ensure a landslide victory for the ANC during the elections.

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