Free education- SASCO

Last week, Sasco held its 17th national congress at the University of Free State, and yesterday it unveiled its resolutions at ANC headquarters Luthuli House in Johannesburg.

Sasco announced that it would dedicate the entire 2012 in campaigning for free education, saying free education had “remained a pipe dream”.

Sasco president Ngoako Selamolela said the organisation would mobilise all sections of society.

“This campaign will not just be a campaign to government but it will also be a campaign to exclusion rules in this university (of Free State). We are pained by that poor students are not given admission because they do not have sufficient funds to register at these institutions,” said Selamolela.

He said the best way to fund free education was the introduction of an education tax on high-income earners.

“Our government does have the necessary financial capacity to provide free education. We also want to see a better relationship between Sasco and the Department of Higher Education.”

Sasco said it was very concerned about the lack of transformation in the higher education and training sector and called for the disbandment of the council of the University of Free State.

But the UFS said the allegations were baseless.

“Cosas is clearly out of touch with transformation in the university. The university can only respond to facts and not false and misleading allegations,” said UFS spokeswoman Lacea Loader.

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