Recent student protests over tuition fees, university staff and curricula, university autonomy and outsourcing have highlighted a number of issues facing South Africa. The agreement not to increase fees in 2016 has left the country with a short-term education financing gap. The increasing demands for free university education leave it with a longer-term, and much bigger, financing issue.
An article by Professor Steve Koch, in the Conversation, 19 November 2016
The authors of a 2012 report mapping out the case for free tertiary education say the government has a moral obligation to enable the poor to study.
An article by Bongani Nkosi, Mail and Guardian, 30 October 2015. Photo from Unisa History virtual exhibition
President Jacob Zuma on Tuesday announced the creation of a national task team “to explore solutions to short-term student funding challenges”. The decision was taken during a meeting with vice-chancellors and university council leaders increasingly concerned about issues such as student violence, politicisation of campuses and insufficient financial aid.
An article by Karen MacGregor, 11 October, University World News
The meeting called on African governments and the private and philanthropic sectors to provide more financing to higher education
An article by Wagdi Sawahel, 03 October, University World News
An article by Munyaradzi Makoni
South African institutions have performed well in the new QS – Quacquarelli Symonds – World University Rankings by Subject 2015.South African institutions have performed well in the new QS – Quacquarelli Symonds – World University Rankings by Subject 2015. - See more at: http://www.au.uct.ac.za/news/local-universities-perform-well-qs-subject-ratings#sthash.38TDNu08.dpuf
For some academics at the top of their fields and in leading universities, however, conditions and salaries had improved..