UCT staff get lower increases due to #FeesMustFall

University of Cape Town (UCT) staff have had to renegotiate their salary increases for 2016 following last year’s decision not to increase university fees. The National Health Education and Allied Workers Union (Nehawu) said it had been asked to accept an 8% increase for its members at UCT, down from[…]

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Varsity vice chancellors meet Nzimande

University vice chancellors are meeting Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande on Wednesday to discuss the year ahead, the department said. Spokesperson Khaye Kwanyana said Nzimande intended explaining government’s plans for the year. The meeting was in Kempton Park and closed to the public. “Nzimande wants to make clear[…]

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Wits management, SRC strike deal over fees

No Wits student will be excluded because they cannot make their first fee payment before enrolment or registration, according to an agreement the university has reached with the SRC. Advanced students would be able to see their progress reports, even if they still owed money, and an agreement for the[…]

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Nzimande hails student meeting, despite walkout

While Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande hailed his meeting with SRC leaders as a success, cracks began to emerge after student leaders from various universities walked out of the meeting earlier in the day. Speaking alongside a handful of students who had not left the meeting, Nzimande said he was[…]

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Free education must be taken seriously: Kalla

Less than 10% of South African’s youth are afforded the opportunity to complete a three-year degree at a tertiary institution, in part to the fact that tuition fees are beyond their financial means and because many do not meet the requirements for student funding from the National Student Financial Aid[…]

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Use money meant for Nzimande’s car to fund fees: DA

The DA believes the student fee crisis can be solved by redirecting money meant for many “nice to haves” – such as the cars of the higher education minister and his deputy minister – to tertiary learning instead. Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande told Parliament a week ago that he[…]

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Model C schools costlier than varsities

While the fee-hike freeze at universities has offered a reprieve to some parents, others with children at some of the country’s top government schools have had to dig deeper to finance their children’s education. A snap survey this week by City Press revealed that some of the country’s most sought-after[…]

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Zuma says free university education is possible

President Jacob Zuma said free university education is possible, four days after he acceded to demands of students to freeze fee levels for next year following nationwide protests. “It’s possible, but it’s not a question you can do overnight,” Zuma said on Tuesday in an interview at his residence in[…]

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Protests continue at UWC

Around three hundred students were seen demonstrating at the University of the Western Cape (UWC) on Monday, calling for it to close its doors. Speaking to VOC News, UWC student protester, LeratorWolela says throughout the day, students chanted songs for free higher education as they say their demands have not[…]

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