‘Fees must fall’

2015-10-29 06:00

ACCORDING to a media statement by Gwede Mantashe, ANC secretary general, higher- learning institutions should stop using the ANC as a scapegoat for their decisions, as fees must indeed fall.

“Student demands are reasonable and understandable. The ANC Mangaung resolutions on higher education noted that strides were made in finalising policy on free higher education and that a draft policy on free higher education was completed and presented to Treasury for engagement.

“In the same resolution, we noted that university education was costly and increased access to higher education was a core of our transformation agenda. We have been and will continue to be supportive of student struggles to transform institutions of higher learning.

The students’ actions over the past few days are an indication that we have an alert, alive and vibrant student body. In fact, the students are assisting the ANC to implement its policy decisions. Transformation of the institutions of higher learning – which includes their culture, the academic staff being representative, the change of curriculum to reflect not only a new and democratic ethos but also the majority the research undertaken, and more – is central to the liberation movement.

“The students are the means through which the ANC’s policy pronunciations and decisions can be carried out. Students are confronted with the reality of untransformed institutions on a daily basis and are the ones who bear the brunt thereof.

Decision making must take into account the broader social and economic conditions we are living under, consider the national objectives and aim to find a reasonable, appropriate solution to the pertaining challenge.”
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