Will students accept Nzimande's revised fee offer?

2015-10-20 18:01
Wits Vice Chancellor Adam Habib and Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande. (Jenni Evans, News24)

Wits Vice Chancellor Adam Habib and Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande. (Jenni Evans, News24)

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Cape Town - Universities will be eagerly waiting to hear if protesting students will accept the revised 6% fee increase proposed for next year.

Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande announced the reduced fee increase on Tuesday after days of protests at campuses around the country against the fee hikes for 2016.

He said the proposal followed a meeting of the Higher Education Summit on Saturday, where it was agreed to not raise fees higher than inflation - currently hovering around 6% - for 2016.

A task team would also work on "more sustainable'' fees for the future.

Wits University Vice Chancellor Adam Habib said that the money would have to come from "clever spending, reprioritising and some new money from institutions".

He called for a quick resolution to the dispute so that classes and exams could resume immediately, saying it would be "horrendous" for students to lose out because of the protests.

Tebogo Thothela, of the South African Union of Students, said the proposal to raise fees by 6% would be taken back to students for their response.

He warned that students would not accept the argument that there was not enough money.

He spoke out against damage to property during the protests.

Nzimande said he had spoken to President Jacob Zuma about the proposal and said the president was "relieved" that a solution was in sight.

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