Over 60% of students think tertiary fees too high

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Cape Town - Something needs to be done to bring down the cost of tertiary education in South Africa, Motshabi Nomvethe, product specialist at PPS said on Tuesday.

“Government must recognise the value of generating skilled professionals to ensure key skills – such as medical doctors, engineers and lawyers - are developed and retained in the country. It is time for the government to look for ways to increase its funding to universities,” said Nomvethe.

More than 60% of South African students taking part in the 2015 PPS Student Confidence Index (SCI), said they believe the cost of tertiary education in the country is too high. The survey was conducted among nearly 900 students in their fourth year or above, studying at a university towards a profession-specific degree, such as engineering, medicine, law or accounting.

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