Costs of student protests a concern - Jansen

2016-05-21 07:13
Jonathan Jansen

Jonathan Jansen

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Durban – UFS vice-chancellor and rector, Jonathan Jansen, on Friday expressed concern about the increasing costs of the damage students caused during protests.

He said when protests against university fee increases began in 2015, they were peaceful and the students were united. This however changed in 2016.

“There are the obvious costs when graduation ceremony buildings, libraries and administration buildings are torched. Funds have to be rerouted from somewhere else to replace those buildings,” said Jansen.

He was delivering the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s 10th annual Strini Moodley Memorial Lecture at its Westville Campus. It was entitled The future of Higher Education in South Africa: addressing racism, inequality and relevance.

Jansen told the gathering that South Africa needed to think deeply and deliberately about the state of the nation. He said the problem in South Africa was that when it came to education, everyone had an answer. 

The University of the Free State announced on Monday that Jansen would quit his post to become a Fellow at the Centre for Advanced Studies in the Behavioural Sciences at Stanford University in September. 

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