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Thursday, 22 October 2015 11:37

President Zuma to meet students, varsity leaders

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President Jacob Zuma will meet with the management and leadership of universities as well as student leaders on Friday to discuss the stalemate regarding university fee increases.

 

Jacob Zuma

The President will hold the consultative meetings with the Vice-Chancellors and Chairpersons of Councils as well as with student leaders at the Union Buildings in Pretoria with a view to finding a solution to the impasse.

President Zuma met the Vice-Chancellors and Chairpersons of Councils on 6 October and they had agreed to establish a task team to explore solutions to short-term student funding challenges.

The President said government fully understands the pressure and difficulties that students coming from poor households and the working class face.

"It is important that we work together to find solutions. Nobody disagrees with the message that students from poor households are facing financial difficulties and possible exclusion.

 “Even in the January 8 statement of the governing party this year, we stated that the escalating cost of university education had become another source of exclusion for the poor and vulnerable South African child.

“All parties should allow space for this matter to be discussed in a manner that will enable us to find a solution,” said the President.