Saturday, 04 February 2017 17:51

Education Forum suggests solutions to fee increases

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The National Education Crisis Forum (NECF) says resolving the higher education crisis will depend on government's responsiveness to the civil society's proposals.

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The forum of prominent South Africans says government has already ignored some of its recommendations aimed at ensuring a smooth start to the new academic year.

Forum convener Justice Dikgang Moseneke says they had suggested solutions to issues such as fee increases and historic debt.

Moseneke says, “The forum made an effort to engage with government, and the conversion of the 8% fee increase into an 8% increase in government subsidy. To date, this proposed approach or other related approaches have not been introduced to address this potential threat to the stability in the academic year. Proposals on government underwriting of historic debt have not been taken up by the state.”

Universities have been quiet so far this year with only a few protests at TVET colleges.