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#FeesMustFall sparks higher education alternative funding discussions

South African universities have been brought to a standstill over student protests on rising tuition fees.

There are currently disruptions at Wits University, University of Cape Town (UCT) is closed, at Rhodes University in Grahamstown lectures are still cancelled; while students are now planning protests at the University of Fort Hare and University of Pretoria.

See EWN images of the nationwide protest here

Stephen Grootes explores the issues of funding, which are at the heart of the nationwide protest.

Stephen Grootes spoke to University of Stellenbosch's, Professor Berté van Wyk, who said that we should look at the US private funding model to adopt, as the crux of the issue lies in the dwindling government funding and high demands on universities to provide quality education.

National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) also spoke to Stephen Grootes about the challenges NSFAS is facing with their current funding model and students repayments.

Stephen also spoke to Rhodes University, Vice-Chancellor, Sizwe Mabizela, who admits that the issues that students are protesting about have been bubbling under. He adds that the country should look into creative ways to fund higher education, as an alternative to government funding.

Listen to the conversation below:

For more on the debate around higher education funding, listen to the audio below:


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