Dept & Unisa Are Not Excluding Students - Nzimande

Students have taken the Minister of Higher Education and Unisa to court alleging that they are excluding students. Now, the Minister has spoken and given his perspective on what he calls an "unnecessary" matter.

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Minister Nzimande is giving his view on the Unisa situation and said that it has caused unnecessary tension.

On Unisa, the court case. It's unfortunate really that we have reached this stage on the Unisa matter because I want to say on my part that no one wants to see exclusion of any students in our system who should actually be absorbed.

The department is adamant that all institutions, not just Unisa, stick to agreed enrolment plans.

"Every institutions of Government that takes people for whatever reason would have numbers that have an upper limit," explains Nzimande. 

Institutions have a certain amount of space available which is funded and are expected to not take less or more than those available.

If any one of the institutions decide to take more, that has got huge implications. It means that we've got to take money from other institutions to support those who have gone beyond the limit that have been set. Secondly, it means that we've got students that are beyond the capacity that we have agreed upon.

"It was very unfortunate for Unisa for two years in a row to decide to enrol more students," said Nzimande. 

Government then felt the need to correct that action because if it was allowed any further, they would be "throwing our enrolment plans out the window".

Nzimande explained that they need to make sure they have a system in place which will meet student needs.

No one is against Unisa. No one is for exclusion of students where students actually should be taken.

The Portfolio Committee is said to have called Unisa to explain why they exceeded their allocated numbers and to hold those responsible accountable.

The EFF Student Command is determined to have Unisa and Higher Education Minister, Blade Nzimande, reverse their decision to cut down on 2021's first year admission numbers and have therefore gone to court with the matter.

The case is currently in court.

 

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