Blade Nzimande: Student leaders agreed to the 8% fee increase

Higher Education Mister Blade Nzimande says according to the law, it is universities that determine the fees and fee increases.

Nzimande says student leaders should not try to shift the goal posts in order to try and pursue their own agenda. He told Xolani Gwala that 70% of the students will benefit from the framework he announced today.

I am deeply disturbed by the first reactions by the students. They have not discussed this thing. And they have not come back to engage me.

Blade Nzimande, Minister of Higher Education

We are also calling to parents, in communities and trade unions, to come close to this, so that they are able to say what is it that they actually want.

Blade Nzimande, Minister of Higher Education

Nzimande says students agreed to the framework that he announced today.

They agreed, including the very Sasco that Nompendulo [Outgoing Wits SRC President] belongs to.

Blade Nzimande, Minister of Higher Education

Listen to the full interview below...

Today the minister recommended that universities and colleges increase fees by no more than 8% in 2017.

Nzimande said the government would subsidise any increase for students with National Student Financial AidScheme (NSFAS) loans and for students in the "missing middle".

He explained the "missing middle" as those whose family income was less than R600 000 a year.

The briefing follows the Council on Higher Education report on recommended 2017 fee adjustments, as well as the minister’s ongoing consultations with key stakeholders.


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