#FeesMustFall: Never waste a good crisis

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Max du Preez

Never waste a good crisis, they say. So let’s use the crisis around the demand for free tertiary education to sort out some of our national priorities.

Free education at universities is indeed achievable without breaking the economy or sucking the small number of taxpayers completely dry and it would be good for universities, but shouldn’t free (and better) basic education, feeding schemes for under-nourished children, clean water and basic sanitation for the millions of poor citizens rate as a higher priority?

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