THE ANC National Executive Committee has received a report on the funding of higher education, according to President Cyril Ramaphosa.
Ramaphosa made the announcement on Monday night after the conclusion of a three-day ANC NEC virtual meeting held from Friday to Monday.
The president’s comments comes barely two weeks after scores of students from Wits University and the University of Johannesburg embarked on violent protests, saying lack of finances should not hinder the poor to attain higher education.
Ramaphosa said the NEC noted has the important progress that has been made over the last decade towards the ANC’s commitment to provide free higher education to poor and working-class students.
“The NEC welcomed the work in progress to look at solutions to address the student debt as well as the critical issue of funding of higher education for the missing middle,” said Ramaphosa.
“The NEC agreed with the caution that we must ensure that we do not underfund critical TVET, Community Education and Training & Skills sectors. These components are critical to empowering millions of young people & ensuring lifelong learning and adult education & literacy.”
Over 8,000 students are at the risk of being financially excluded for the 2021 academic year.
Many of them have been excluded from the university because of a lack of funds from the National Students Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS).
- Inside Education