Higher education is not a fundamental right - DDG Higher Education

Department of Higher Education Deputy Director General Dr. Diane Parker says the current policy position does not allow for free education.

Parker says the department is calling on all students to recognise how far the department has come in working towards making higher education accessible to all.

She says the department has put in a good proposal on the table.

We are really concerned about the financial burden on the poor, working and middle class students.

Dr. Diane Parker, Department of Higher Education Deputy Director General

Parker read the quote from the Freedom Charter on education.

What it says is 'Education shall be free, compulsory and be universal for all children'. Then it says 'higher education, and technical training shall be open by means of allowances and scholarships awarded on the basis of merit'.

Dr. Diane Parker, Department of Higher Education Deputy Director General

Parker says higher education and technical training are secondary rights that you get because you managed to get somewhere in the system.

Listen to the full interview below...

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