University grants climb 144% over 10-year period

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Stellenbosch University. (Photo: Stellenbosch University)
Stellenbosch University. (Photo: Stellenbosch University)

Cape Town – Government grants to higher education institutions – including 20 universities and six universities of technology – increased by 144% over the last decade from 2006 to 2015, according to information released by Statistics South Africa. 

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan when delivering his medium-term budget policy statement for 2016 said it’s not as if government was “doing nothing” to fund universities. “You just have to look at the amounts in subsidies and grants.” 

READ: Two options for funding higher education 

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