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The creation of white targets by #WitsMustFall movement is reckless and childish

The demands of Wits students that a white male or female student will have to die to underscore the seriousness of the issue is reckless and indicative of young people dramatically throwing extremely dangerous tantrums to get the attention of adults, Adv. Anton Alberts, the FF Plus’ parliamentary spokesperson on Higher Education, says.

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Adv. Alberts says it is like someone that wants to commit suicide to try and get attention without wanting to really do it, and without realising the seriousness and scope of the act.

“The anger of the relevant Wits students is, unfortunately, busy taking on a serious extreme form of white hatred.

“It has to be condemned by the university authorities immediately, and the police must take note of this in their policing function on the Wits campus. The FF Plus will also investigate who had made the offending statement and report it to the police for further investigation.

“Furthermore, the students are looking at the wrong address as they should be looking at the government and ANC. This address is that of President Jacob Zuma, Minister Blade Nzimande and the ANC’s Secretary General, Gwede Mantashe. They have to answer for the false promises which have been made regarding free education.

“Treasury has generated an enormous amount of income since 1994 due to the effective functioning of the South African Revenue Service. A lot of those funds have however disappeared as a result of the unprecedented scale of corruption and wasted and fruitless expenses.

“It is clear that the fault lies. The way in which Nzimande is trying to wash his hands off the issue and is referring the issue to the relevant universities is indicative of a government which cannot take any responsibility for its own false promises.

“In addition, the Minister of Higher Education had in a reply to a parliamentary question of the FF Plus (Adv. Alberts) indicated that the report of the Ministerial Working Group on Fee-Free Higher Education (see attached reply) had found that a free higher education model for poor students is possible if it is based on the National Student Financial Aid Scheme's cost sharing and recovery model.

More funds will have to be set aside for this fund. If the students, therefore, direct their actions toward the government and successfully put pressure on it to combat corruption, the largest amount of funds thus saved can be directed to the funding of this scheme.

“There is answers for the current dilemma, but then students ill have to refrain from racial hatred and direct it towards government in a legal and crime-free mass-action away from the campuses, so that students who want to study can peacefully continue with their studies.

“One of the pre-requisites for the granting of assistance through the scheme must be that any financial assistance to a poor student must immediately be suspended if such a student fails a year without any valid reason, such as illness, etc.

“In this way, funds will not be wasted on students who do not bring their side. Students who graduate and find work must be compelled to pay a part or the full amount of their student fees back, depending on their income, to ensure that external income can also be generated for the scheme.

“There are solutions for this problem, but then students have to focus on the real causes of the dilemma,” Adv. Alberts says.

 

Contact no.: 082 391 3117 / 083 419 5403

 

Private Bag X893, Pretoria, 0001, Tel (012) 312 5555, Fax (012) 323 5618

Private Bag X9192, Cape Town, 8000, Tel (021) 469 5150, Fax: (021) 465 7956

Memorandum from the Parliamentary Office

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY

FOR WRITTEN REPLY

QUESTION 3894

DATE OF PUBLICATION OF INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER: 30/10/2015

(INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER 45 OF 2015)

Adv A de W Alberts (FF Plus) to ask the Minister of Higher Education and Training:

Why he did not previously publish the report concerning free education which was submitted to him in December 2012?

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REPLY:

 

The Ministerial Working Group on Fee-Free Higher Education was established in March 2012 to investigate and advise on the feasibility of making university education fee-free for the poor in South Africa. The Working Group submitted a draft report in October 2012 and thereafter finalised the report in August 2013. Although the report was not formally published, Cabinet had been briefed and the contents of the report was discussed at a number of stakeholder forums, such as the Education Alliance, National Consultative Forum, National Student Financial Aid Scheme Colloquium, Policy Dialogue and the recent second Higher Education Summit. These forums included, amongst others, the following stakeholders: NSFAS, Department of Planning Monitoring and Evaluation, National Treasury, Council on Higher Education, South African Union of Students, Universities South Africa, University Council Chairs Forum and other interested parties. The report is also available on the Department’s website.

The Ministerial Working Group advised that fee-free university education for the poor is feasible, if built on the current NSFAS cost sharing and recovery model. The implementation of fee-free university education is dependent on significant funding made available, but the quantum of funding required varies depending on the range of parameters and policy decisions. The report recommended that NSFAS be strengthened to implement the scheme and a policy dialogue should be put in place to discuss the parameters and develop regulations for implementation. However, before the final policy and regulations can be published, funding to support the scheme needs to be secured.

The main reason for not publishing the report at the time was due to the need to clarify policy positions and obtain agreement on how the scheme could effectively be financed. A policy dialogue would be required to advise on the hard policy decisions that have to be made in order to extend the scheme to cover all qualifying students. Policy issues such as the definition of the poverty threshold (poverty is a relative concept), what should be covered (full cost of study or only tuition and books), the amount of the loan to be converted into a bursary, the interest rate to be charged once the student has completed their studies, the percentage of monthly income to be paid back into the scheme once the graduate is successfully employed, as well as the definition of academic progress. Depending on how these parameters are set, the scheme would either support more or less students.

A Policy Dialogue comprising of the Department, NSFAS, Universities South Africa, University Council Chairs Forum, National Treasury, South African Union of Students and Council on Higher Education has been established to identify current and projected funding challenges, propose policy and legislative amendments in line with the recommendations of the Working Group on fee-free education, as well as the recommendations articulated in the National Development Plan that “all students who qualify for NSFAS must be provided access to full funding through loans and bursaries to cover costs of tuition, books, accommodation and living expenses”.

Therefore, the decision was not to formally release the report, but rather to deal with the key policy decisions through the policy dialogue and take the process forward through legislative changes.

 

Compiler/Contact persons: Dr D Parker

Ext: 6214

 

 

 

DIRECTOR – GENERAL

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REPLY TO QUESTION 3894 APPROVED/NOT APPROVED/AMENDED

 

 

 

 

 

Dr B NZIMANDE, MP

MINISTER OF HIGHER EDUCATION AND TRAINING

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