higher education

Student leaders reject Zuma’s task team

The ministerial task team President Jacob Zuma set up to look into the crisis in higher education was an attempt to avoid dealing with the real crisis, some student leaders said on Wednesday. “He can’t go around establishing task teams and commissions, when all we want is free education. At[…]

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R19.7bn needed for university subsidies: Nzimande

In the little time that Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande spent answering questions in the National Assembly on Wednesday, he mostly went through figures for funding, including the R19.7bn needed for university subsidies. His figures were mentioned by the director general of Higher Education and Training, Gwebinkundla (Gwebs) Qonde, to[…]

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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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National Assembly to debate higher education transformation

The National Assembly will debate higher education transformation in the country on Tuesday, following closely on the heels of a nationwide protest against fee increases. The debate, which is expected to be attended by various student leaders, will be opened by Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande. Widespread student demonstrations were[…]

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Increased NSFAS funds not enough: YCLSA

The higher education department’s decision to fund the NSFAS aid scheme with R9.5 billion this year is welcomed, but is not enough, the Young Communist League said on Tuesday. “This is still not enough to satisfy the demand out there,” spokesman Khaya Xaba said in a statement. “More funds are[…]

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