Students protests have been erupting all over the country since the beginning of this month, and the Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Higher Education and Training says the student’s demands for free education, scrapping of historic debt, as well as decent living spaces are legitimate.
Representatives from South African Union of Students (SASU), Universities SA and the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) administrator, Dr Randall Carolissen, were in Parliament to brief the Committee about current situations at universities, earlier this week.
According to SA News, Universities SA and SASU pointed out that historic student debt, accommodation, academic exclusions and increase in higher education costs are problems that are common to tertiary institutions.
“The demands are not insurmountable and it appears everyone is on the same page. There is also general acceptance that resolving al these issues cannot be immediate and may require the students to make some compromises,” said Committee chairperson, Connie September.
The Committee did, however, add that it condemns the destruction of property and violence in the country’s education.