SAUS Wants University Fees Reduced
It's no secret that there have been many changes to Higher Education due to the lockdown. This leads to students and student organisations such as South African Union of Students demanding that tuition fees be reduced as well as residence fees.
It's no secret that there have been many changes to Higher Education due to the lockdown. This leads to students and student organisations such as South African Union of Students (SAUS) demanding that tuition fees be reduced.
Students paying their University fees have the expectation that they will attend class by going to a lecture hall, sitting in a seat of the University and have contact teaching take place. However, that is currently not a reality as we observe a National Lockdown and higher education institutions are now making use of e-learning.
SAUS therefore thinks it's only fair that fees be reduced as students are not getting what they paid for.
Another demand is that concerning residences. SAUS's President has expressed his concern on DHET and said, "The 12 year olds in grade 7 have received government confidence to restart classes, there’s no reason then why adults in universities should remain behind. Students must be allowed back to their university residences".
Students are paying residence fees for a period where they expected to be on residences all the time. They are therefore paying for something they aren't accessing which SAUS says is unfair.
Spokesperson Thabo Shingange said, "The minute we started with online learning, the foundation of learning changed but what is currently happening is that the cost of institutions has remained the same while the approach has changed.”
The Minister of Higher Education, Blade Nzimande, will be addressing the situation concerning Higher Education under lockdown and there is hope that these issues will be addressed.
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