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School fee exemptions that are meant to help poor families can actually cause them major problems. Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters

University protests are important – but school fees also matter

South Africa's fee exemption system is at the heart of a deepening divide in the country's school sector. It's time for a major relook at how this policy is applied.
South African protesters from across the class divide march against the country’s president. EPA/Kim Ludbrook

What #ZumaMustFall and #FeesMustFall have in common and why it matters

The #FeesMustFall and #ZumaMustFall campaigns come from the same place. The rage has its roots in opposition to Zuma's surrender of national sovereignty through globalising South African capitalism.
Yes, universities need to produce good scientists - but their graduates should be good citizens, too. Shutterstock

Why the time is right to create a new generation of ‘citizen scholars’

University protests in South Africa have showed that the countries students are hungry for real change. This desire can be harnessed to create a generation of "citizen scholars".
University of Johannesburg students summarise their goal in a hashtag. The question is, what happens next? Kim Ludbrook/EPA

Student protesters must move beyond hashtags to real change

Student protests in South Africa saw triumph for the hashtag and success for the slogan. What lies beyond this as students push for genuine change in universities?
Grim, single sex workers’ hostels are still common in South Africa’s economic capital Johannesburg. Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters

What architects must learn from South African student protests

Architects and those working on the built environment can learn valuable lessons about their discipline – how it's taught, and how it's carried out – from the 2015 student protests.
Most student protests in South Africa during 2015 have been peaceful and organised, but there have been moments of violent confrontation. REUTERS/Sydney Seshibedi

Student protests in South Africa have pitted reform against revolution

Two narratives have emerged from student protests in South Africa: reform on the one hand - and revolution on the other. Which narrative will triumph?
A young man wearing an African National Congress shirt joins in student protests in South Africa. Party politics and student politics shouldn’t mix. Reuters/Sydney Seshibedi

Why student leaders should be elected on merit, not party affiliation

It's time to change how student representatives are elected at South Africa's universities. The existing process gives far too much space and power to political parties.
Some South African universities said they felt sufficiently threatened to obtain interdicts against protesting students. Kim Ludbrook/EPA

Explainer: the role of court interdicts in managing protests

Universities were widely criticised for turning to the courts during a series of student protests in South Africa. So why did they do it, and did the interdict process work?
Protesting students from the University of Zimbabwe take to the streets of Harare in 2001. Howard Burditt/Reuters

Five lessons from Zimbabwe’s game-changing student protests

In 1988 students from the University of Zimbabwe began demonstrating against government corruption. Their protests grew into a national movement that indelibly changed the country.
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.
A student at Johannesburg’s University of the Witwatersrand sums up the motive for ongoing campus protests. Pontsho Pilane/The Daily Vox

Fee protests point to a much deeper problem at South African universities

South Africa's higher education sector is dramatically underfunded. Polite conversations between vice-chancellors and the government have failed. It's time the voices of student activists was heard.

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