Disagreements about free higher education

Die Vryburger

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ANC President Jacob Zuma’s unexpected announcement last week about higher education will be free next year for certain students has led to a lot of dismay and confusion.

Even Malusi Gigaba, the finance minister, who has to find the money for it, was caught off guard as Zuma discussed it with him beforehand.

The head of the University of SA, Ahmed Bawa, is also of the opinion that Zuma’s announcement is premature. He says universities need at least a year to prepare for the implementation of free higher education. He also predicts chaos at the universities when the campuses reopen in the new year.

Zuma’s minister of higher education, Hlengiwe Mkhize, who was appointed after Zuma fired Blade Nzimande the communist boss, believes that his boss did the right thing.

Mkhize says the country can afford free education, and apparently, a technical team has worked tirelessly on a plan to make the announcement work. However, details are not known, and the question of where the money will come from is still unanswered.

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