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South Africa’s higher education funding system can be more realistic without betraying ideals

South Africa’s higher education funding system can be more realistic without betraying ideals

ONGOING student protests in South Africa have once again highlighted various problems with higher education funding. They boil down to challenges of affordability and sustainability. GERALD WANGENGE-OUMA, Director of Institutional Planning, University of Pretoria State funding of universities is inadequate – it hasn’t kept pace with enrolment pressures and the increasing costs of providing higher education. Many students cannot afford to pay fees either. Yet the student financial aid system isn’t a reliable source of support. The result is tension among higher education’s three key actors – universities, the state and students (and society at large). They don’t seem to…
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