Too soon to protest - Sasco

2016-09-19 17:21
Students gather at the University of Pretoria  (Karabo Ngoepe)

Students gather at the University of Pretoria (Karabo Ngoepe)

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WATCH: Students across the country unhappy with fee increase

2016-09-19 16:37

The Minister of Higher Education announced today that university fees will go up in 2017. He said universities would have the opportunity to increase fees as they see fit, but suggested that fees should not be increased by more than eight per cent. WATCH

Johannesburg - Students must wait to see how universities react to Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande's announcement on fee increases before protesting, the South African Students' Congress said on Monday.

“Why are they shutting Wits down? Has Wits pronounced on its stance? No. What if it doesn't make any adjustments?” Sasco president Thabo Moloja asked on Monday.

Nzimande on Monday announced that universities could determine their own increases, as long as they did not exceed 8%. The “missing middle” would not have to pay the increase. These are students whose families earn too much to qualify for National Student Financial Aid Scheme loans, but who do not earn enough to afford university education.

Since his announcement, students have tried to shut down institutions of higher learning across the country, including the universities of the Witwatersrand, Cape Town, and the Free State.

Students at institutions like the University of KwaZulu-Natal had been protesting against possible fee hikes for weeks, damaging property in the process.

Moloja said Sasco did not support calls for free education for everyone.

“In an unequal society like South Africa, there is no way you can treat people the same way when they don’t come from equal backgrounds,” he said.

Nzimande's suggestion would ensure the rich paid higher tuition fees.

“The rich must pay, and not benefit at the expense of the poor.”

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