Is regulating university fees in South Africa a practical idea?

Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande confirmed yesterday that government will explore the possibility of regulating university fees.

The announcement comes as several higher learning institutions in the country are faced with the prospect of increasing university fees for next year.

Students at Wits University are currently on a rampage protesting against the increase in tuition fees at the university.

CapeTalk’s John Webb (standing in for John Maytham) spoke to Dr Nico Cloete, Director Centre for Higher Education Transformation on whether regulating fees in South Africa is a practical idea.

Listen to the full conversation below:

Cloete said the idea of regulating fees is a bad one because it will only benefit the privileged students and the poor will remain disadvantage.

He said that tenderpreneur corruption is 10 times the amount government spends on universities and a good solution would be to stemming out corruption in the country.


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