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Is it fair that students pay different amounts for university courses? .SilentMode/flickr

Should students pay different fees for university courses?

Students currently pay higher fees for courses that lead to jobs with typically higher wages. But not all students find, or want, a job in their area of study. Should all students then pay the same amount for their university degree?
Students have been agitating for an end to public university fees in South Africa. Nic Bothma/EPA

How to take free public higher education from pipe dream to reality

Free public higher education is possible and necessary. It's also realistic, if it's based on thorough research, consultation and students giving back through community service after graduation.
South African President Jacob Zuma, who is also the president of the governing African National Congress, with his deputy, Cyril Ramaphosa. Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko

South Africa’s governing party celebrates with eye on tough year ahead

The ANC will be judged by its ability to deliver on its promises to provide basic services and good governance, practise sound financial management and combat corruption this election year.
21 years into democracy, are South Africa’s university students showing other citizens how best to hold the state accountable? EPA/Ihsaan Haffejee

University students are becoming a new kind of democratic citizen

University students in South Africa have shown the potential of mass mobilisation to influence policy in advancing justice for their constitutional democratic rights.
It’s difficult for students who are struggling financially to focus on their academic work. Shutterstock

Financial stress distracts university students from academic success

For many students, stress about money is a terrible and unwelcome distraction from their degrees – qualifications they hope can lift themselves and their families out of poverty.
Universities are losing sight of their role as places of teaching and learning. Instead, they are becoming hugely stressed business enterprises. Shutterstock

South Africa’s universities risk becoming bureaucratic degree factories

When funding imperatives dominate universities' strategies, higher education loses sight of the work it ought to be doing: developing graduates who can make a real difference in the world.
For the first time in a long time, South Africans are hearing stories about those who have been silenced. Reuters/Mike Hutchings

Student protests give South Africans a glimpse into hidden lives

Student protests in South Africa, as well as an unrelated clash between lawyers, have offered a chance for the country to hear voices that are usually marginalised.
South African student protesters make their feelings clear: education is a right and should be free. Reuters/Mike Hutchings

Free university education is not the route to social justice

As South Africa's students call for free university tuition, it's worth asking whether higher education would be free in a truly just society.
South African students campaigning for lower university fees during a sit-in protest on the steps of Jameson Hall at the University of Cape Town. Reuters/Mark Wessels

University fees: how to structure a system that benefits poor students

In a good system, university education is free for students while they are studying. They then pay part of the cost once they have graduated.

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