The call for free education will continue, despite the University of the Free State’s announcement today that it would increase its fees by 8% in the coming academic year.
Outgoing SRC president, Lindokuhle Ntuli, says the UFS’s decision to increase fees by 8% isn’t really surprising, since this is the amount approved by government, as well as being in line with what other universities have decided in recent weeks.
He is also somewhat heartened by the fact that the increase will only apply to those whose household income exceeds R600 000 per year, while the poor and so-called missing middle will be exempt.
However, Ntuli also says students shouldn’t be distracted from the call for free education.
“I don’t think students must be misled in any way. Our call to pursue free and quality education will continue, but this does not affect anything. This was an arrangement made and called for by the Department of Higher Education and Training. So the universities did not increase their fees exclusive of the announcement made by the government,” he said.
– Earl Coetzee/Courant News