University of Johannesburg on fee increase: Give us two weeks

2016-09-19 15:52
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Johannesburg - A decision on fee increments at the University of Johannesburg will be made within two weeks, spokesperson Herman Esterhuizen told News24 on Monday.

Shortly after the Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande's announcement that universities in the country could increase fees for some students in 2017, Esterhuizen said the institution would now begin talks with student leaders.

Nzimande said, however, that the fee increase should not exceed 8%.

"We are going to consult with our students regarding the minister's announcement. In two to three weeks, a decision will be made."

Esterhuizen said the institution's council would engage in talks to establish the fee increment for 2017. He said, so far, there had been no protests at the university.

"Our students are currently on recess. There have been no protests as yet and very few students are on campus."

Students divided

Meanwhile, just a few kilometres away, pockets of students at the University of the Witwatersrand rejected Nzimande's announcement.

News24 reported earlier that Wits students were divided on the way forward following Nzimande's announcement, with some calling for an immediate shutdown of the institution.

During his announcement, Nzimande said he had consulted with various stakeholders in terms of the best way to handle the situation.

He said, to ensure that such inflation-linked fee adjustments of the 2015 fee baseline were affordable to financially-needy students, government was committed to finding the resources to support all students.

He said the government would assist households with an income of less than R600 000 per annum, with subsidy funding to cover the gap between the 2015 fee and adjusted 2017 fee at the relevant institutions.

The government tweeted its view on universities:

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