#Fees2017: Are universities doing enough to advance redress in SA?

Chairperson of the Higher Education Transformation Network (HETN) Dr Ingrid Tufvesson says universities have failed to consider the growing gap between the rich and poor when implementing fee increments.

A 10% fee increase in some of South Africa’s universities for 2017 could mean that deserving poor black disadvantaged youths might not be able to secure places at the institutions.

Tufvesson suggests that universities are not doing enough to address issues of redress and should be more transparent about their financial status.

“In order to bring about redress in such a way that we do bring about the skills that allow for succession into the future so that we have a change in the demographics in the employment sector today. We would have to do something very different to our past, and one of those things is to practice a transparency that is necessary for people to understand in the public domain how we are actually working at our best to make it happen.”

Chairperson of the Higher Education Transformation Network (HETN) Dr Ingrid Tufvesson

Wits Vice Chancellor Adam Habib has however slammed the transformation network saying its statements are “wild allegations without fact. ”

“This belief that universities have a lot of money is just nonsense and if the Higher Education Transformation Network took the time to read the financial statements of universities which is publicly available they would know this.”

Wits Vice Chancellor Adam Habib

“It is precisely institutions like the transformation network that are going to destroy higher education with their thoughtless comments.”

Wits Vice Chancellor Adam Habib

“I think where the Higher Education Transformation Network raises a legitimate point is that we should start thinking about how we have access for poor students to universities.”

Wits Vice Chancellor Adam Habib

This article first appeared on 702 : #Fees2017: Are universities doing enough to advance redress in SA?


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