Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande has noted “with concern” the calls from some students for a no-fee increase for all for the 2017 academic year.
Nzimande said yesterday he was equally concerned about the escalating violence taking place, particularly at the University of Witwatersrand, by “rogue elements exploiting the situation through acts of hooliganism and criminality for their own perverse agenda”.
He said the calls for free higher education were not in the interest of the viability of “our universities and technical and vocational education and training colleges” (TVET).
“The universities and TVET colleges require billions of rands to function and to prepare and equip our students with skills for the job market to grow our economy,” Nzimande said.
“Therefore, we should not deprive them of the necessary funding, particularly from those who can afford, to make our institutions functional.”
“We need to remind all students that the destruction of property and the disruption of the academic programme does not address legitimate concerns of students.”
He called on varsity management to take decisive action against those caught in the wrong.
– Citizen reporter