No plan for free education disturbing – ANCYL

2012-05-03 12:36

It is disturbing that an effective plan for free education has not been developed, the ANC Youth League has said.

“To date the minister of higher education and training has not developed a coherent approach on the delivery of the progressive realisation of free education,” the league said in a statement today.

“We... demand the immediate implementation of the resolutions taken at the 2007 Polokwane congress of the ANC.”

The league said it would support a march organised by the SA Students Congress, taking place in Pretoria tomorrow.

It called on its structures to join the march, which would be attended by league’s deputy president Ronald Lamola and deputy secretary general Kenetswe Mosenogi.

“This march is a reminder that our country continues to face a crisis in education,” the league said.

“We continue to witness young people being excluded from tertiary institutions and the African majority not having access to higher education.”

The march starts at the Tshwane City Hall at 9am and proceeds to the national department of higher education.

Meanwhile, Statistics SA (StatsSA) has said that almost two-thirds of pupils in South Africa do not pay school fees.

“Of these, 96.5% attended no-fee schools,” according to the StatsSA General Household Survey 2011 released in Pretoria on today.

The number of pupils benefiting from no-fee schools had increased sharply over the past five years, since new policies were introduced in 2006, said Niel Roux, chief survey statistician.

The percentage of pupils at no-fee schools had increased from 0.7% in 2002 to 56 percent in 2011.

There was a wide discrepancy between provinces.

90% of pupils in Limpopo and 72% in the Eastern Cape attended no-fee schools.

However, in Gauteng only 32% did so, while in the Western Cape it was 28%.

The main reason given by those youths still not attending school was a lack of money, the survey found.

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