Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba's announcement that R57 billion will be spent phasing in fee-free higher education, is being cautiously welcomed by Universities SA.
The organisation's Ahmed Bawa says Wednesday's budget speech by Gigaba brings some relief, but he would like to see some calculations to show that the money will be enough.
We do not think that Treasury is incorrect in this, but it will be useful to do some calculations to satisfy ourselves that it is the right amount of money.— Ahmed Bawa, CEO at Universities SA
Bawa says the concern is around the 84 000 new entries to universities, who will be doing their second year in 2019, in addition to new entrants who will also be needing support.
We have to do some neat calculation just to work out how much is exactly needed. We think that R57 billion for 3 years, taking into consideration that there's already been an allocation for this year, should be within the ballpark that we are talking about.— Ahmed Bawa, CEO at Universities SA
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This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Good news, but is it enough? Universities SA on R57 billion education boost