UCT vice-chancellor Max Price says that university management cannot afford a 0% increase for 2018.
Price proposes that National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) adjust their student funding in proportion the the university's expected fee increase.
He says this will help protect the poorest students on the financial aid programme.
This is something that requires government to come to the party.— Dr Max Price, UCT Vice-Chancellor
He explains that UCT has delayed making a decision on the 2018 tuition fee hike as it wants the Fees Commission report made public first.
Price says he wrote to President Jacob Zuma calling for the release of the report which he was given in August.
President Zuma received the final report from the commission, which looked into the feasibility of free tertiary education.
Protesting students held a mass meeting at UCT's Jameson Hall on Tuesday where the SRC read out a list of demands addressed to the university.
Classes were disrupted on UCT's upper and middle campus.
The vice-chancellor says the report should be released as soon as possible, out of respect to all student protesters over the past two years.
Price says the change of Higher Education Minister has also set back the release of 2018 fee adjustments.
Take a listen to him elaborate:
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