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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.
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.
Extra security has appeared at Cairo University. Khaled Elfiqi/EPA

Violent crackdown on students engulfs Egyptian universities

Egypt’s new academic year started in early October amid unprecedented repressive measures by the state against students. On October 11, the morning of the first day of university, police carried out a…

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