South Africa’s higher education institutions are owed R2.8 billion in unpaid fees. This is according to Higher Education of South Africa (HESA), which aims to collect all outstanding fees.
HESA CEO, Cleo Bhengu, points out that, “At the end of last year Minister of Higher Education, Blade Nzimande, wrote a letter to all institutions asking about the consultation process. Most institutions have consulted student’s bodies.”
While students at the Durban University of Technology and the Tshwane University of Technology are rioting over fee increases, HESA says tuition fee increases across the sector for 2010, as a percentage of those in 2009, have been kept in the range of nine to 15 percent in line with inflationary pressures and commitments within individual institutions as a result of internal consultation processes.
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