Sipho Mabena
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15 Mar 2021
7:10 pm

Writing off historic debt would collapse universities, says Jansen

Sipho Mabena

Prof Jonathan Jansen wants government to cover 50% of historic debt, but Prof Patrick Bond says it can be written it off entirely and responsibly.

A student confront members of the Saps in Braamfontein on 10 March 2021, after a man was shot dead when police fired rubber bullets in an attempt to disperse protesting Wits University students. Picture: Sibongumenzi Sibiya

The demon of historic student debt will rear its ugly head each year until a permanent solution is found, with experts proposing that at least 50% of student debt be covered by the fiscus. At the University of Witwatersrand alone, 8124 students are at risk of financial exclusion due to historic debt. ALSO READ:  TUT students not taking part in university fees shutdown The Student Representative Committee said this meant that even though the affected students passed their exams and had been readmitted, they would be barred from continuing their studies for no reason other than that they are poor....