Free university education is not a feasible option for South African government, according to economist Xhanti Payi.
He explains that there is principally no such thing as free higher education, adding that the financial burden will fall on taxpayers.
Institutions saw a 0% fee increase this year after nationwide student protest, and now student bodies await to see if the same policy will be implemented again in 2017.
Stakeholders are investigating new funding strategies to potentially implement a free tertiary education system.
There's nothing for mahala, the economics of it doesn't work at all.— Xhanti Payi, economist
According to Payi, there are programmes that ensure that previously disadvantaged aren't excluded from universities on the basis of financial means.
He says it is more important to explore how to improve accessibility to higher learning institutions, bursaries and loans.
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