30 Arrested for Closing the Doors of Learning
The Morning Star, London, 21 September 2016
The doors of learning were closed in South Africa yesterday as students
blockaded university gates to demand fee-free education.
Thirty Fees Must Fall protesters were arrested at the University of
Witwatersrand in Johannesburg in defiance of the ANC’s 1955 Freedom Charter
declaration: “The doors of learning shall be opened.”
On Monday, Higher Education Minister and South African Communist Party
general secretary Blade Nzimande recommended fee rises of not more than 8
per cent — just above the 6.5 per cent CPI inflation rate — to universities.
He also raised the household income threshold to qualify for grants under
the National Student Financial Aid Scheme from 120,000 rand (£6,500) a year
to 600,000 rand (£33,000).
He said: “There are many students from upper middle class and well-off
families, as well as students on full company bursaries in our institutions
who can afford to pay the adjusted 2017 fees, and we expect them to do so.”
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