CEO of Universities SA, Professor Ahmed Bawa says the allocation of billions of rand toward the funding of higher education over three years may provide some relief for parents but it is important to understand the conditions attached to the bursary scheme.
Government has allocated R57 billion in the medium term to fund free fees for first-year tertiary students.
This marks the single largest reallocation of resources towards government’s spending priorities.
Responding to the move, Bawa explains what will be required of students.
We just have to be clear that it is not free education or feasible education either, it is a bursary system that has been introduced.— Professor Ahmed Bawa, CEO of Universities SA
The important thing to understand is that the bursaries are not just without condition , so students will be required to complete a three year qualification in four years which is quite a steep ask because the average rate of completion at the moment is more like 4.2 or 4.3 years. So there will be a challenge to the students who receive these bursaries.— Professor Ahmed Bawa, CEO of Universities SA
He adds that universities are now in a better position as a result of the bursary scheme.
The universities per say, are in a better position now than they were with the old system, simply because these bursaries cover full cost of studies, which means that the idea of historic debts will be a thing of the past.— Professor Ahmed Bawa, CEO of Universities SA
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