Fees hike a betrayal of Struggle

2017-11-16 06:00

I read that universities are preparing to increase fees by 8% in 2018.

This is shocking! Essentially, thisis a betrayal of the students’ endeavour as well as to the principle of liberation of Africans in Azania.

This equally is an insult to the parents whose efforts during apartheid and today is to pay taxes in order to avoid deregistration and violation of the principles notion of access to quality education. Since they cannot afford to pay the ever-increasing university fees, parents need the government to meet them half way. No other initiative is needed, but the payment of funds directly to the universities by the treasurey – no intermediaries should be utilised.

NFSAS funds must be given to students directly as a grant, especially since parents from the working and middle class cannot afford to pay exorbitant university fees.

These parents do not have enough money, as they are paid meagre wages for the low job they occupy (for those who are lucky to be employed) even under the democratic dispensation.

So, free, quality, Afrocentric and decolonised education is possible if the powers that be make a commitment to serve Africa through education.

For Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe, founder and the first PAC president, education is service to Africa.

Compared to other African countries whose national budgets are only a fraction of the South African total budget, free education is possible.

Money is not a problem: only the political will is.

Why would the ANC led government refuse to pay billions of rands to educate its children whereas it does not hesitate to bail out the ever-failing SAA? Judge Heifer has handed his report to President Zuma who in turn refuses to share the contents and recommendation of the report to South Africans.

The question is “does the report put his ex-wife’s campaign in jeopardy by recommending free, quality decolonised education as a possibility to totally liberate African child from the shackles of poverty and underdevelopment imposed by the Westernised suppressive colonial education?” NFSAS does not provide free education.

Its subsidy is not tantamount to quality free education.

There is no way that the Department of Higher Education will convince that NFSAS loans are a bursary. We do not understand why the government insist on the provision by NFSAS which was proven to be corrupt through its senseless allocations.

The issue of one student that received more money than what was meant for raises a number of questions.

How many more students have received excess money without being spotted?

Nyameko sinandile Khayelitsha

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