School fee exemptions that are meant to help poor families can actually cause them major problems.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
Two narratives have emerged from student protests in South Africa: reform on the one hand - and revolution on the other. Which narrative will triumph?
Things can’t just carry on as ‘normal’ now that university students in South Africa have demanded massive systemic change.
The students' movement has stretched South Africans in personal, professional, powerful and provocative ways. Have academics been stretched enough to reflect deeply on the status quo at universities?
A young man wearing an African National Congress shirt joins in student protests in South Africa. Party politics and student politics shouldn’t mix.
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.
Students want change. Universities want autonomy. Is there a middle ground?
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Many universities in East and West Africa lost their autonomy during the 1980s and 1990s and became handmaidens of the state. What insights can their experiences offer for South Africa?
Some South African universities said they felt sufficiently threatened to obtain interdicts against protesting students.
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.
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?
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.
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.
It has been an exciting month for Africa, not least for the highly controversial elections in Tanzania, where the annulment of the entire vote in Zanzibar has played an important role in extending the…
Universities are losing sight of their role as places of teaching and learning. Instead, they are becoming hugely stressed business enterprises.
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.
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.
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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.