DA supports the 8% fee increase proposed by the country’s universities for next year.
The DA in parliament says it supports the 8% fee increase proposed by the country's universities for next year. Last week Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande told parliament that he would soon be announcing how much funds universities would receive for the 2017 academic year. DA Spokesperson on Higher Education and Training Belinda Bozzoli says government will have to fork out about R60 billion according to their calculations if the No-Fees campaign by students succeeds. Bozzoli says: "I think 8% is correct and I think 8% needs to be found somewhere. If Nzimande is unable to negotiate with the students on how the 8% is going to be paid, then I think there has to be some supplementations given to the universities to make up for some missing amount." Meanwhile classes resumed on Monday at the University of KwaZulu-Natal after a week and a half of suspended academic activities on all five campuses. Students have demanded that tuition fees should not be increased in 2017. UKZN spokesperson Lesiba Seshoka says there were disruptions early this morning at Howard and Westville campuses, but they were dispersed by security personnel. The commission is demanding free education for the poor and these students say it is a must for government to support needy students. Students say government can afford to give poor students free education. They testified before the Commission of Inquiry into Higher Education and Training that is underway in Durban. The commission is demanding free education for the poor and these students say it is a must for government to support needy students. They say those who can afford to pay must do so. The UKZN students say if the government is able to bail out struggling parastatal's time and again. Money can also be found to help poor students.