SA is aiming for universal free education: Zuma

2015-06-20 21:28
President Jacob Zuma. (GCIS)

President Jacob Zuma. (GCIS)

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Durban - Universal free education was the aim of the South African government and should not have a price tag, President Jacob Zuma said on Saturday.

Zuma, who was speaking in Durban at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre, said: “We do not believe education should be sold as a commodity and only available to a minority.”

Zuma was speaking at a function of the Jacob G Zuma foundation where he met several university graduates who had benefited from the receiving funding from the foundation.

“Our government is serious about opening the doors of learning,” he said.

Zuma said that this was evidenced by the growing amount that government was putting into the National Student Financial Aid Scheme.

Zuma said that if he was a dictator he would have police ensure that all children were at school and those children addicted to drugs would be forced to accept education on Robben Island. 

“But I can’t be a dictator for a year, because we don’t believe in dictatorships,” he said.

Zuma said the fact that there were queues of people lining up at universities at the start of each academic year was a sign that the country’s people viewed education as an important means of breaking the shackles of poverty.

He said the challenge for government was to create more space at tertiary institution or build more tertiary institutions so that all could be educated.

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