Universities and TVET colleges under financial pressure for 2017

Higher education institutions across South Africa are faced with enormous pressure with having to accommodate prospective students for the 2017 academic year.

However, TVET (technical and vocational education training) colleges have had to revise and lower the 2017 target for new entrants by 180 000 students due to funding constraints.

She acknowledged government has had to reprioritise funds across all departments as a result of the urgent calls to scrap university fees by the #FeesMustFall movement.

What is the most socially just way in which we can deal with affordability of higher education, especially with free education for all?

Dr Diane Parker, Department of Higher Education and Training

702/Cape Talk's Eusebius McKaiser spoke to director-general of the Department of Higher Education and Training, Dr Diane Parker, regarding the matter.

She said developing TVET colleges remained a priority to ensure that the country produces the required technical skills over the next couple of years.

They are under sever stress because we need to expand TVET colleges more effectively but the actual financing and amount of finance for expansion is very small.

Dr Diane Parker, Department of Higher Education and Training

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