Universities to meet with DHET over registration arrangements

Professor Ahmed Bawa (File)
Professor Ahmed Bawa (File)
File

Johannesburg – University representatives will meet with the Department of Higher Education on Monday as registration processes begin over the next few days, Universities South Africa (USAf) said on Sunday.

"[The meeting] is about updating each other how the situation is going and the start of the registration process," USAf CEO Professor Ahmed Bawa told News24.

The ideal outcome of the meeting would be to come "to some sort of understanding of what needs to be done", as well as to avoid "chaos at the beginning of the academic year".

There was a need to establish what role universities should play to ensure this, as well as what the Department of Higher Education would need to do.

The meeting – scheduled to last nearly the whole day – would take place at USAf offices.

'Taken by surprise'

Registration begins rolling out at certain universities on Monday.

Last month, Zuma announced that free higher education would be made available to students from households that have a combined annual income of R350 000 or less.

His announcement followed a report into university funding in August. The report was compiled by the Heher Commission of Inquiry after widespread protests at universities over fees, and it found that universal free education was not feasible.

Earlier this week, Bawa issued a statement declaring that "South Africa’s 26 public universities were taken by surprise by the announcement" and lamenting that there has not been a clear implementation strategy put forward.

Subsequently, Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema has called for matriculants who passed in previous years and couldn’t afford university fees to report to academic institutions – despite universities opting for online registration processes.

Furthermore, also this week, the EFF Student Command said that while it did not plan to cause anarchy by demanding walk-in registrations at universities, if it needed to do so, it would.

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24
Lockdown For
DAYS
HRS
MINS
Voting Booth
When a Covid-19 vaccine for under 16's becomes available, will you be taking your children to get it?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Yes, immediately!
38% - 4175 votes
I'll wait to see how others respond
26% - 2835 votes
No, I don't think they need it
36% - 4015 votes
Vote
ZAR/USD
15.42
(-0.71)
ZAR/GBP
21.29
(-0.41)
ZAR/EUR
18.33
(-0.41)
ZAR/AUD
11.85
(-0.43)
ZAR/JPY
0.14
(-0.71)
Gold
1702.14
(-0.28)
Silver
25.43
(+0.12)
Platinum
1134.50
(-0.22)
Brent Crude
70.77
(0.00)
Palladium
2337.84
(+0.42)
All Share
68112.75
(-0.23)
Top 40
62658.14
(-0.21)
Financial 15
12739.43
(-0.16)
Industrial 25
86706.03
(-1.04)
Resource 10
71369.15
(+0.80)
All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes morningstar logo