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
Free education in South Africa is a goal worth pursuing, especially for students who are poor and want access to tertiary institutions and those who correctly see it as a right and developmental imperative for the country. Germany has attained it.
An article by Graeme Bloch, 23 October by Times Live
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