30% Pass Rate Fail University Students

The Institute of Race Relations (IRR) says the government’s 30 percent pass rate at school level is why many students fail at universities.

IRR research analyst, Unathi Matwase, points out that, government needed to invest more in primary and secondary education to ensure the success of young people at university level.

The 30 percent pass rate is not challenging enough, she says at the release of an SAIRR report, A powder keg in our midst: South Africa’s youth.

​Call to Drop Bloated Cabinet in Order to Fund Education

Equal Education (EE), a non-governmental organisation, says government should look to its bloated Cabinet and ‘vanity projects’ as a mechanism to increase its funding for higher education institutions.

Addressing the Commission of Inquiry into Higher Education and Training in Cape Town, EE officers argued that universities could not, and must not, be expected to carry the burden of free tertiary education.

Public Hearing Into Feasibility of Free Education

The Fees Commission of Inquiry looking into the feasibility of free tertiary education will resume with its public hearings on 22 August 2016 at the Mbombela Stadium in Mpumalanga.

The Council on Higher Education, which has recommended a six percent tuition fee hike for next year, and South African Students Congress which has vowed to oppose any tuition fee increase, are expected to make submissions.

NSFAS Funding Applications Go Online

The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) is from now on taking online applications from returning and prospective students at universities for the 2017 academic year.
NSFAS spokesperson, Kagiso Mamabolo, says the scheme is introducing the new student-centric model to all universities next year.
With this model, Mamabolo says students would not be required to apply annually - once the students had been offered funding after their first application, “the student will be funded till the end of their studies.”

Campaign Aims to Raise R10m to Cover Student Debts

University of the Witwatersrand Students' Representative Council has launched a campaign to cover student debts.
The #Access campaign aims to raise R10 million by the end of February to ensure students are able to register for the academic year.
The campaign are similar to other ones that are being launched at campuses while the fight for free education is still being wagered.

Varsities Brace Themselves for More Protests

After the stop-start disrupted registration of first year students, universities are bracing themselves for heightened protests when students arrive at campuses on Monday, 18 January 2016.
At the North West University in Mahikeng, some student applications have been rejected due to limited financial aid.
The university's financial director, Ettienne Mostert, says 1 656 students that qualify cannot be covered at the moment with the current allocation.

No Free Education, No Elections

Student leaders sidelined from the meeting on 14 January 2016 with Higher Education minister, Blade Nzimande, have vowed to continue protesting.

#FeesMustFall members in Johannesburg threatened there would be no local elections this year without the guarantee of free education.

Activist Busisiwe Seabe says that, “Free education is now a right. No free education, no elections."

To read the article titled, “No free education, no elections,” click here.

NFSAS to Benefit University and TVET Colleges

Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande‚ speaking amidst a resumption of #FeesMustFall protests‚ confirmed that university students who meet the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) means test will not pay upfront payments when registering for the 2016 academic year.

Nzimande told a press briefing that his Department is committed to realising South Africans’ right to Higher Education and Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET).


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