In December 2017, Jacob Zuma announced a fee-free higher education policy for South Africa. At its 54th national conference, the ANC endorsed the proposal. While celebrated in some quarters, the announcement left many unanswered questions. How will the proposal be funded? Is this what students fought for? What does the policy mean for the university system? To explore these questions, Tshisimani Centre for Activist Education hosts a one-day symposium. Presenters at the symposium will include representatives from student movements, interested civil society groups and bodies of university administrators. They will be in conversation with officials from National Treasury and the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET).
Equal Education's researchers discuss the future for the free education movement, as well as the source of funding for the government's fee-free education policy.
This panel of higher education professionals and student leader evaluate the funding model for fee-free education proposed by the Minister of Finance
This panel of academics and student activists discusses government's fee-free higher education policy and its implications.