UFS vice chancellor: Poor students have a right to higher education

2016-04-26 12:13
UFS rector Jonathan Jansen (Jeanette Chabalala, News24)

UFS rector Jonathan Jansen (Jeanette Chabalala, News24)

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Bloemfontein – University of Free State vice chancellor Jonathan Jansen said on Monday that he was doing everything in his power to ensure that disadvantaged students were able to access higher education.  

Jansen said he was currently on a mission to raise R100m in bursaries for students.

"It is wrong to tell a student who comes from [a] rural area that there is no money. We can't send students away because of finances. It is their right to access education," Jansen told News24.  

"One of the reasons I am on the road every week is because I don't want to send students back home because of finances. It is very difficult to tell a student that they cannot study because of money. In 1994 they were promised access to education," he said.  

Last week, Jansen hosted a dinner with Johannesburg's elite in an effort to raise money. He said they had already raised a substantial amount from alumni and staff.

The institution had decided to double its efforts in raising student funding since last year's protests against proposed hikes to university tuition fees.

The university would only use the interest on the R100m to help students.  

In mid-October 2015, students began protesting in response to an announcement of double-digit fee increases at universities.

Protests started at the Wits University and spread to the University of Cape Town and Rhodes University, and then other tertiary institutions across the country.

Later that month, President Jacob Zuma announced there would be no increases in fees in 2016.

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