No to 2017 varsity fee increase, students warn Government!

Up in arms. Wits students and other varsities not in favour of fee increase in 2017. This could also have an impact on forthcoming national elections.

This is a stern warning to Government, following the quota to increase the fees.

Wits students and other varsities in some parts of the country, are in up arms and demand an urgent meeting with higher education and training minister Blade Nzimande’s on 2017 fees announcement.

Nzimande had on Monday announced that universities must determine the level of fee adjustments for 2017 themselves‚ with the proviso that this should not be above 8%.

This did not go well with students and some varsities are facing a total shut down, with Wits leading the pack.

As a result, classes and exams will not take place, at this all important time of the year.

Meanwhile, University staff member and PhD student Leigh-Ann Naidoo called on students to reject the fees commission because it is based on the wrong question – one of feasibility.

“We must be clear that we do not recognise that commission or its processes. We need to be able to tell government that commissions don’t help.”

She also urged students to put pressure on academic staff to join the student movement and march on various centres of government this week.

Economic Freedom Fighters Student Command leader Simamkele Dlakavu said that the fight for free education should be taken to the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.

“We need to go to the JSE. That is where capital is being held,” reports Sowetanlive.

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