We have a roadmap - Blade Nzimande

Minister of Higher Education addressed the National Assembly on Tuesday and reiterated government's commitment to finding long-term solutions to the education crisis that has gripped South Africa.

Nzimande spoke to CapeTalks's Koketso Sachane about plans to review the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFS) and provide free education to the poor, this has been referred to as 'the missing middle'.

Nzimande insists they do have a roadmap to aid transformation which deals with short-term, medium and long-term solutions.

The immediate short-term demands are how to resolve 2017 student fees.

Government is going to pay fees for NSFS students.

Dr. Blade Nzimande, Minister of Higher Education

He says the Fees Commission must find a lasting solution to funding higher education for the poor.

They intend to review funding formula for universities, rethinking just how universities should be funded.

Low pass rates are a major concern.

We are losing billions because 40% of NSFS students fail their first year

Blade Nzimande, Minister of Higher Education

He says students are required to pay back a portion of their NSFS loan and interest only kicks in 12 months after graduation.

The repayment of NSFS loans needs to be resolved and he says the funding model will be reviewed.

There is a system failure within NSFS. It is a weakness of the NSFS which we are willing to admit only getting back four percent of what is owed.

Dr. Blade Nzimande, Minister of Higher Education

He says his department engages students all the time but feels there is an urgent need for dispute resolution mechanisms.

He worries about the "all or nothing" approach of some student groups and says a recognition agreement is needed to work with one elected student body such as the SRC.

At present, there are many groups with different ideologies, strategies, and tactics, making negotiation and conversation difficult, he says.

Listen to Nzimande outlining the roadmap for education and callers questions:


This article first appeared on 702 : We have a roadmap - Blade Nzimande


Read More
We expect a higher quality of journalism - Russian Embassy

We expect a higher quality of journalism - Russian Embassy

On Monday the Press attaché of the Russian Embassy responded to claims that Putin had a hand in the latest Cabinet reshuffle.

Government has failed us - mother of Gabriella Engels

Government has failed us - mother of Gabriella Engels

Debbie Engels says she's confident AfriForum will get justice for her daughter after Grace Mugabe was granted diplomatic immunity.

Cops often too quick to open fire on protesting students - policing expert

Cops often too quick to open fire on protesting students - policing expert

Are the police heavy-handed and 'trigger-happy'? Or are they responding in the necessary manner towards student protesters in SA?

Violence undermining student cause - Nzimande

Violence undermining student cause - Nzimande

Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande delivered a statement in the National Assembly on the crisis in higher education funding.

Police fire stun grenades at students at Union Buildings, Wits

Police fire stun grenades at students at Union Buildings, Wits

A large group of students were prevented from entering the gates to the Union Buildings.

Nzimande meets business leaders to find solutions to Higher Education crisis

Nzimande meets business leaders to find solutions to Higher Education crisis

They say solutions are a long-term process and condemned violent protests and total universities shutdowns.

Popular articles
Oscar's family unhappy with producers as movie makes SA debut this weekend

Oscar's family unhappy with producers as movie makes SA debut this weekend

The movie stars Joburg-born actor Andreas Damm as Pistorius and Victoria Secret model Toni Garrn as Reeva Steenkamp.

Statement to remove LLB programme from SA universities is misleading: Max Price

Statement to remove LLB programme from SA universities is misleading: Max Price

Max Price says Council on Higher Education's announcement that UKZN, UCT and UL could lose their LLB accreditation is not right.

DStv subscriber? ANN7 thanks you for the payday!

DStv subscriber? ANN7 thanks you for the payday!

Bruce Whitfield interviews Outa’s Wayne Duvenhage about his open letter to MultiChoice, who will pay ANN7 R245 million.

Is taking items from the hotel room stealing?

Is taking items from the hotel room stealing?

Tsogo Sun Cape regional manager explains which items are free to be taken home by guests and why.

WATCH: Innovative spray limits toilet flushes and saves water

WATCH: Innovative spray limits toilet flushes and saves water

Loo Me is a simple yet effective scented foam that takes the yuck out of "mellowing" toilets preventing multiple flushes.