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The #ForumAt8, 27 Sep Where should the money come from for 'free' public higher education
South Africans believe that free public higher education for all, is possible and necessary, and that a meaningful, open and frank consultation on this issue should continue. Many say that the choices should not be left entirely to "experts", "consultants" and the agents of institutions, and that students should be widely consulted before any final decisions are made, because they are the ones who made the call for "fee-free" education. Student funding in South Africa depends on a number of sources, all of which remain unsustainable. These include parents' contributions, bank loans, and the goodwill of business and charitable institutions. On the Forum@8 we ask this morning: '' where should the money come from for free public higher education?" We spoke to both Professor Ahmed Bawa (CEO: Universities South Africa) and Enver Motala, researcher at the Nelson Mandela Institute for Education and Rural Development at the University of Fort Hare...