That’s largely due to the fact the price tag of an education is more than the average household can bear. All through my student and youth activism, I consistently fought for cost-free high quality education, and partook in several protests demanding totally free education. Higher Education ministry’s leadership, or lack of it, on the higher education funding mechanism and program is the significant cause of the #FeesMustFall protests, which will escalate into violence and instability if not managed correctly.
While institutional managers and Vice Chancellors play a part, the lack of guidance and decisive leadership by the ministry of higher education deepens the crisis. As an alternative of resolving the higher education and vocational coaching funding crisis, the Ministry of higher education and current government continuously mention South Africa’s largest loan scheme, the National Students’ Monetary Help Scheme (NSFAS), which is inconsistently and badly managed across institutions of greater finding out. South Africa is however leaderless on the education front and such will not be regarded as.
There is totally nothing at all that stopped Blade Nzimande from addressing the higher education funding crisis in relation to NSFAS since his predecessors in higher education established the NSFAS Review process, which was largely ignored when the Ministry of Higher Education was established in 2009. Rather of following a specialist review procedure, element of Blade Nzimande did as the inaugural Minister of Higher Education was to lead to instability in the leadership of NSFAS, which despite historical challenges was starting to discover stability. What this signifies is the corporates and men and women would take ownership of higher education funding.
I am conscious of this because in 2008, before Blade Nzimande was in government, I was appointed into the board of NSFAS by then Education Minister Naledi Pandor, after getting nominated by the students and youth movement. This was spearheaded by South African Communist Party Central (SACP) Committee Member Gwebs Qonde, who was mysteriously and undeservedly appointed Director General of the division of Higher Education.
I was personally instructed in December 2010 to resign by the DG Gwebs Qonde by means of telling me lies that they, as the Communist Celebration, intend to introduce free education via NSFAS, and that they are going to appoint ‘experts’ into the board. Such a takeover would give financially excluded students access to their qualifications or academic records to continue with their studies or uncover jobs. Also a lot of other students will see the want to achieve abilities, knowledge and education when such is charge totally free.