New scholarship for poor pupils: Habib

By Drum Digital
25 August 2013

University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) would introduce new scholarship programmes for poor pupils

, vice-chancellor Prof Adam Habib said on Saturday.

"We will introduce the vice-chancellor's equality scholarship targeted at the top students in quintile one and two schools, those that are the most marginalised and depressed in the country," Habib said during his inauguration as Wits vice-chancellor.

Top performing students who originated from the schools would be given a similar fully funded scholarship.

"This is to ensure that talented students from economically marginalised communities are also given access to Wits."

Habib said his task as vice-chancellor and principal would be challenging.

"Building and managing any university is challenging in the 21st century, but undertaking this responsibility in South Africa is an even more onerous one."

This is because managerial challenges tend to be more acute, he said.

"Structural poverty and inequality seep across institutional boundaries and forces the university's executive to confront challenges such as starving students and residential overcrowding."

Habib's inauguration was presided over by Wits chancellor Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke and chairman of council Dr Randall Carolissen.

Science and technology minister Derek Hanekom said he believed that Habib would confront social and economic issues through new and direct ways.

Habib is an analyst and a political commentator.

He served as a deputy vice-chancellor of research, innovation and advancement at the University of Johannesburg before moving to Wits.


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