South Africa’s student protests are raising difficult issues, some of which are not being debated openly.
Demands being made by protesting students in South Africa purport to support the poor. But the most marginalised young people in the country will not benefit from free higher education.
The expert advisory panel will hold its first meeting on Monday.
The government’s long road to a higher education policy has taken another small step forward with Education Minister Simon Birmingham setting up an expert advisory panel.
A new VET student loan scheme will aim at putting a stop to rorting by dodgy private colleges. Education Minister Simon Birmingham says the new scheme is being built from the ground up.
South Africa’s government-run student loan scheme needs an overhaul.
A “buy now, pay later” model is well suited to financing higher education. Commercial bank loans are not viable. Government-backed loans with income-contingent repayment are the fair solution.
“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.
Ongoing student protests are unlikely to have been a direct cause of universities’ slide down global rankings tables.
It’s unlikely that student protests are directly affecting South African universities’ rankings. Instead, decades of government underfunding in higher education may be at least partly to blame.
Improved funding will provide better opportunities for students.
An independent authority should control the tertiary funding system in Australia in order to best implement policy objectives.
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.
Tanzania’s government is spending money on students who don’t exist.
Tanzania’s government has uncovered evidence of 2 000 “ghost” students who are fraudulently obtaining loans. This costs the country and other students dearly.
There has been an increase in research grants going to high-profile applicants.
Demand for research grants has far exceeded supply, with success rates for grant applications falling to record lows.
Barnaby Joyce found his political future in doubt this week, with the gunshot announcement from Tony Windsor that he would try to ride back into his old seat of New England.
Dr Blade Nzimande, South Africa’s Minister of Higher Education and Training, oversees a sector fraught with funding worries.
Higher education has done as well as could have been expected from the 2016 Budget, given South Africa’s current economic circumstances.
Small classes like these are sadly uncommon in Kenya’s often overcrowded, oversubscribed universities.
Kenya’s authorities are trying to deal with declining standards at the country’s public and private universities. This will require a strengthened regulatory framework and hard work from institutions.
Unfortunately ‘free’ public higher education is never actually free.
If higher education is made “free” for all, the whole society ends up paying more. That’s deeply unjust in already unequal societies, such as those in Africa.
A South African university student references the Oscar Pistorius trial during a fee protest.
It shouldn’t be up to universities or the government alone to fund students who qualify for tertiary education but can’t afford it. A perpetual bond system could be the answer.
Education Minister Simon Birmingham.
Michelle Grattan speaks with Simon Birmingham about his negotiations for a new higher education package, efforts to crack down on rorting in the vocational educational sector and the government's overhaul of the childcare system.
Where in the UK do students get the most support for going to university?
Welsh and Scottish students get more support than English and Northern Irish ones.
Should students know more about how their tuition fees are being spent?
Being up front about what public investment goes towards in higher education is an important step for providing greater clarity for students.
Research, rather than teaching, benefits from the revenue gained from increasing student numbers.
The decline in government investment in higher education and the ever-increasing reliance on fees has made universities more like private for-profit corporations.