Student bodies to meet over Nzimande’s fee announcement

By Drum Digital
19 September 2016

Student leaders in Tshwane are said to be holding meetings to discuss the way forward following the announcement that institutions will determine their own fee increments as long as they do not exceed 8%.

Pretoria – A storm is brewing at universities in South Africa following the announcement by Minister of Higher Education and Training Blade Nzimande that universities can increase fees for 2017.

The EFF student command at the University of Pretoria said students would indicate which direction they would take.

"We are going to meet with students today then engage with the vice chancellor," Lungile Sonwabo told News24.

"We will wait to hear from her regarding this matter and establish how much the university will decide on. That will determine the type of action that is to be taken," he said.

Student activist Vusi Mahlangu said different structures were co-ordinating meetings to dissect the announcement. He however indicated that they were opposed to any increment.

"We are still engaging in meetings because we are planning on going to the streets. We reject the announcement, we will accept nothing but free education," he said.

Mahlangu added that they were planning a consultative meeting with structures from all universities and colleges in Gauteng in the next few days. He said based on that meeting, they would decide on what type of action would be taken.

Source: News24

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