Government cannot afford free education, says Blade Nzimande

We can't afford free education‚ says Nzimande. But critics are saying something else.

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Minster of Higher Education and Training, Blade Nzimande.

Once again the Higher Education minister, Blade Nzimande outlined why free higher education for all is not a possibility. The EFF have proposed a retirement fund levy to fund country’s fees shortfall.

Tuesday, during a debate addressing Parliament. Nzimande was brave enough to repeat what the government have seemingly said. About its not possible for free education to take place. Also outlining that the government has worked hard to meet the needs of the poor and so- called middle to access higher education.

“If the 2016 trainee teachers do not graduate‚ about 20 000 classrooms will be without teachers at the beginning of next year. Junior doctors‚ those that are hoping to graduate this year‚ are at the front line of service delivery in public sector hospitals.”

But EFF deputy leader, Floyd Shivambu. He states free education is an impossible idea with the outdated and constipated system we have in South Africa.

Shivambu also suggests in which money could be generated to help. By having a small levy charged from retirement funds which will roughly calculated about R100 billion. That amount put together with the government’s approximately R33 billion in funding through the department and the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) and increased corporate taxes. Could create around R163 billion in income to fund university education.

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