No silver bullet for student debt

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Students and the Socialist Revolutionary Workers Party sing outside the Johannesburg Central Magistrates’ Court, where the four police officers accused of killing of Mthokozisi Ntumba appeared. The suspects are facing charges of murder, three counts of attempted murder and defeating the ends of justice. Ntumba was killed when police fired rubber bullets at protesting students in Braamfontein last week. The case was postponed until March 24. Picture: Rosetta Msimango
Students and the Socialist Revolutionary Workers Party sing outside the Johannesburg Central Magistrates’ Court, where the four police officers accused of killing of Mthokozisi Ntumba appeared. The suspects are facing charges of murder, three counts of attempted murder and defeating the ends of justice. Ntumba was killed when police fired rubber bullets at protesting students in Braamfontein last week. The case was postponed until March 24. Picture: Rosetta Msimango

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Universities have warned that there is no magic solution to the student debt crisis that has seen campuses nationwide erupt in turmoil for another year running.

According to Ahmed Bawa, chief executive of Universities SA (Usaf), an organisation representing South Africa’s universities, what is required is a sustainable model for higher education funding instead of the short-term method that leaves universities to deal with the crisis on their own.

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