University should be free for all in 2011 – Sasco

2010-10-27 12:53

All matric pupils should get free university education from 2011, the South African Students Congress (Sasco) said today.

“No students must be excluded on the basis that they cannot afford education or owe fees,” said Sasco president Mbulelo Mandlana.

He said all matrics who secured a pass and qualified for university entrance should be given the chance to complete an undergraduate degree.

Mandlana said higher education and training minister Blade Nzimande had promised to give recommendations on how free higher education could be implemented by August 30, but had been quiet up until now.

“This was supposed to follow on from the review report on the National Student Financial Aid Scheme, which came out in April and was sanctioned by previous minister Naledi Pandor,” he said.

Sasco had given Nzimande its recommendations on how free higher education could be implemented.

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