Mixed responses to education bill

South African vice-chancellors are concerned the Higher Education Amendment Bill will encroach on autonomy at a time when institutions have been rocked by a series of student protests calling for radical change, writes Bekezela Phakathi for BDLive.

In its current form the bill encroached on institutional autonomy, Professor Adam Habib, University of the Witwatersrand vice-chancellor and chair of Universities South Africa, said on Wednesday last week, the second day of public hearings on the bill hosted by parliament’s portfolio committee on higher education.

The Congress of South African Trade Unions and its affiliate the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union said they "strongly welcome the correct and progressive objectives and intentions of the [bill]".
Full report on the BDLive site