The storm clouds above South Africa’s universities could be dissipated with careful fiscal planning.
Alternative scenarios for tertiary funding in South Africa are set out in a completely separate report from the Davis Tax Committee drawing from work done by the higher education department.
Even with higher fees, higher education will still be worthwhile for most young people.
Earnings data suggest higher education remains financially attractive for most students, and the small proposed fee increases should not materially affect that.
Not everyone is in a position to start university straight away.
Students on 'enabling' courses may now have to pay substantial fees under higher education reforms.
Higher education reform means more pain for students and universities with long lasting consequences.
South Africa’s government is trying to approach student funding differently.
The ministerial task team's report presents a jaundiced view of an important organisation that's opened the doors of higher education to many who would otherwise have been closed out.
Universities are in the grip of a torrid period of change and disquiet.
It's easy to understand why the government treats each student demand as distinct. But these are complex issues and they are intertwined.
More leadership is needed to tackle universities’ crises.
South Africa must address the root factors contributing to nationwide protests in the higher education sector or face dire consequences
Pension funds could be a powerful source of higher education financing.
Pension fund managers must consider environmental, social and governance issues when making investment decisions. The student funding crisis is a perfect example of a social issue.
There has been a great deal of research, planning and talking to come up with solutions to South Africa's higher education funding crisis. Some of these plans must now be put into action.
The student movement in South Africa prides itself on being “leaderless”.
Student protesters have demonstrated good leadership in some spheres but come up short in other areas. This suggests that universities ought to focus more on how they teach leadership.
The costs of student protests are far higher than imagined.
There is a very real risk that South Africa's major research projects will stumble and the whole research machine will be shut down by ongoing student protests.
A student tries to stem her bleeding during clashes at the University of the Witwatersrand.
Protest movements become radicalised by two factors: escalating policing and competitive escalation between political adversaries and other protesting groups.
“Free” education is not fair or sustainable.
Higher education is a resource intensive enterprise. It cannot effectively function without a massive injection of resources in a sustained and escalated manner.
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There is no such thing as ‘free higher education’. Someone has to pay. And the reality is that low, or no tuition fees benefit middle and high-income families.
University students are fed up that their calls for free education are being ignored.
South Africa's higher education minister has dealt with fee increments for 2017 but sidestepped students' fundamental issue: an ongoing call to make higher education free for all.
South Africa needs some universities that focus on teaching, and others that concentrate on research.
South Africa must examine how science funding is allocated to universities. It also needs to acknowledge that not all universities should be focusing on research and development.
Students pay between $6,256 and $10,440 for a university degree, depending on which course they choose to study.
After almost a decade of failed processes to reform the current funding system, the government must produce a revised system that improves the quality of outcomes for students in all courses.
Is it fair that students pay different amounts 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 emboldened and won’t give up their demand for free education.
South African students’ demands for free university education are not going away. Nor are the country's economic realities.
Students have been agitating for an end to public university fees in South Africa.
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.