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South African Students Demand Shut Down of Universities Until Government Provides Free Education

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South African Students ProtestsSouth African students protesting high tuition fees have demanded that all universities be shut until the government provides free education, Johannesburg’s University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) said on Friday.

The protests have forced Wits and Cape Town universities to suspend classes twice in less than a month.

However, Wits was aiming to reopen on October 10 after police, earlier this week clashed with student demonstrators on the campus.

The institution said that it had no agreement from the students that the academic programme will continue on Monday.

Wits suspended a general assembly scheduled for midday Friday to thrash out differences.

The cost of university education, prohibitive for many black students, has become a symbol of the inequalities that endure in South Africa more than two decades after the end of apartheid.

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5 Comments

  1. 3ples

    October 7, 2016 at 4:21 pm

    meanwhile in Nigeria, youths are fight for APC and PDP….. Talk about priorities….issh.

  2. 3ples

    October 7, 2016 at 4:22 pm

    meanwhile in Nigeria, youths are fighting for APC and PDP….. Talk about priorities….issh.

  3. NG

    October 7, 2016 at 4:36 pm

    Not a good suggestion. I doubt if the government can give qualitative education free of charge.
    Good education should have a cost, albeit not prohibitive. The poor should also have meaningful social program that assist their education- scholarships, loans, grants etc.

  4. Bimbo

    October 7, 2016 at 5:46 pm

    There education system is going downhill from here. University education is not meant to be cheap. They should give the black students opportunities for credit to fund their education. Making university education cheap or free is a huge mistake.

  5. jane(the real jane)

    October 7, 2016 at 6:31 pm

    No way fees can be cheap @ wits. That school does alot. What do southafricans want? Foreigners pay higher to buffer the subsidy of indigenes fees. Been a temporary student @wits……it was amazing. gosh! Quality Education ain’t cheap.

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