Students protesting over financial exclusion on March 2021 in Johannesburg, South Africa.
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South Africa’s economic challenges and the high number of students from poor and working class families call for a funding model that doesn’t create an affordability crisis for students and the state.
Those demanding free higher education don’t realise this would be a regressive policy.
The ethical and political reasons to avoid free higher education are unambiguous.
South African Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba is trying to spearhead a more stable economic landscape.
Whether measures announced by Gigaba will stave off a downgrade of South Africa’s local currency debt by one remaining rating remains to be seen.
The fight for free university education in South Africa is entering its fourth year.
In many respects, President Jacob Zuma’s free higher education proposal in South Africa is the worst kind of populism.
A year on from South Africa’s #feesmustfall protests, funding remains a hot issue.
Academia is being asked to do less for more, and universities are at financial breaking point. This has implications for all South Africans.
South African universities are under enormous financial pressure. They also face a fresh round of student protests ahead of a decision on next year’s fees. Hard choices need to be made.
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.
Australia has undergone a significant shift from the Whitlam days when tertiary education was free.
Recent times have seen heated debates in Australia about whether higher education tuition fees should be deregulated, and about the private/public benefits of higher education. A question that goes to…