Congress Student Movement (CSM) It is with great sadness to learn that this year again students have to protest in order to get funding in universities and face expulsions thereof, at this day en age, it is really disappointing to mention the fact that students has to fight to get education in this country, might as well abolish education Blade if that’s how things are to be ran. It was few day’s ago when you (Blade) made a very big announcement that student finance has been doubled nationwide but Wits current situation doesn’t signal processing your utterances at all.
We do however understand the fact that universities respectively do get their allocations according to their number of applicants per year yet that process is anti students learning rights, so (SELL IT) as it would never work and by so saying we need new ways of funding tertiary eduction and it’s about time we do so.
It has been CSM point of entrance since we made recommendations to your department through ‘council of higher education’ in 2012, that the current ways of funding are not visible to all students in SA , actually it’s discriminatory in nature and therefore it is no longer working in our best interests anymore.
Congress Student Movement advocates for ‘FREE HIGHER EDUCATION in our life time’ and when that notion will be in place, no student will ever complain about the so called acknowledgement of debt before registration each year, but you Minister wants to ignore our call to grand what we seek from you.
Wits is not the only university in this country that has NSFAS problems, usual culprits of this matter are to follow due process soon as “injury to 1 is injury to all” , if a process is constantly failing why not change it but yet again if you make decisions and they don’t affect you directly this is what is bound to happen and it needs to be stopped before the hole of South African universities are to be like ‘Malamulele’ as it’s a matter of time.
Minister we plead to you that you release more millions for black child university fund and please don’t respond like last year and say the is no money, if that’s the direction please inform the Hon President JG Zuma from Davos to pay back the money via EFT , so you can fund more students this year, no excuses this time.
Going forward, Minister we are going to discuss formidable ways of implementing free eduction at tertiary level in South Africa, also bear in mind that students who apply for funding are of domestic workers, miners, taxi and truck drivers, and the unemployed amongst the few. The country needs to take care of them as much as of those who parent’s can afford, let not dreams of this students die even before they start to develop in your hands Minister.
Issued by : Khotso Fana
Acting General Secretary CSM