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Pretoria - A small group of students marched to the higher education and training department in Pretoria on Monday for what they call "free and quality education for all".

Waving placards bearing slogans such as "A revolution of consciousness", "Bailouts for SAA, Eskom, what about education?" and "Blade we demand NSFAS", students marched in the streets while singing struggle songs.

They said they were protesting against the lack of funding from the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) and to eradicate debt among students.

The protesters expressed their dissatisfaction over a shortage of funding from the government scheme. Students said universities were charging exorbitant tuition fees as a form of modern day exclusion.

"We are back in apartheid days," they said.

"We are tired of fighting against something that could easily be addressed in a single motion," student Thato Molopo said.

Genius Tshabangu, a student at the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT), said government was failing to cater for students.

He said he could not understand why "African children are being blocked from studying".

One of the students, wearing an Economic Freedom Fighters beret, said Higher Education and Training Minister "Blade Nzimande must climb into his car or plane and come here to sort out this mess".

The issue of financial aid for students sparked a number of incidents of violence at the TUT and the University of Johannesburg last year when half of the applicants to the NSFAS scheme were turned down.

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