LETTER: A free education is our right

They say education is free in South Africa but I don’t see it. They say education is the government’s priority but it doesn’t seem so.

Looking at the current situation at tertiary institutions, it clearly shows that free education is only on paper, and not in action.

Did they forget the words of Madiba that education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world?

Did they forget that this country must produce innovators and job creators through education?

They have promised the poor black child free quality education. But this promise has faded with time. The poor black child toils and sweats blood to obtain quality matric results to get out of poverty, but all his efforts are in vain.

The poor continue to be poor while the rich get richer. It is heartbreaking to see kids with excellent results being denied a university education just because there’s not enough money.

These children turn to crime because they feel hopeless about their future. They end up in prison with their potential and ambition denied. Something must be done: free education in our lifetime must be put into action.

Lizo Skhomo via email

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