Blade’ s edge blunted

2016-08-17 06:00

THE Minister of Higher Education, Blade Nzimande, said he was concerned about students threatening to shut down universities countrywide amid talks about fees for 2017.

In a statement issued on Sunday (14/08) Nzimande called for calm.

He said he had noted with concern threats to shut down the country’s universities following false claims that the government had recommended a fee increase for the 2017 academic year.

The minister said the government was yet to pronounce itself on university fee adjustments for 2017.

“The correct position is that after I received the report of the Council on Higher Education on their recommendation for 2017 fee adjustments last Thursday, I decided to gather further views and suggestions from all stakeholders, including students and university councils, before proceeding with any announcement on the matter.

“It is imperative that we get as broad a consensus as possible regarding 2017 fees.

“The false claims that the government has already pronounced itself on the matter are thus not only mischievous, but highly prejudicial to the delicate stakeholder engagements that are taking place,” said Nzimande.

– News24

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