‘Fees commission report must be released’ – Sanco

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Sanco has called on the commission appointed to investigate funding of higher education to complete its work sooner and present its recommendation before the end of the year…

“Extraordinary measures must be taken to defuse the current higher education crisis,” said the civic organisation’s national spokesman Jabu Mahlangu on Thursday.

“It can no longer be business as usual for the commission and the ministerial task team otherwise they will be overtaken by events and rendered useless,” he said.

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Mahlangu urged the business sector and parents of university students to contribute solutions.

“We are appealing for sanity to prevail to avoid catastrophe because the future of higher education and that of thousands of students and that of high school learners who are expected to enrol for studies at universities next year is hanging in the balance,” Mahlangu said.

He said the current crisis if not speedily resolved might have long term effects on political stability, growth and development.

“Anarchists have hijacked the legitimate cause to destabilise higher education, further their own political ends and are doing everything in their power to undermine efforts as well as processes aimed at finding immediate and long term solutions,” said Mahlangu.

He added the call for a two-day countrywide shutdown of institutions of higher learning is indication that anarchists have pressurised progressive students formations to adopt a regressive programme of action.

(edited by ZK)

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