Fee increase could reignite higher education protests

In a move that could reignite #FeesMustFall protests, university fees could rise by as much as 6% in 2017 following a 2016 moratorium that set institutions and the state back billions of rand. However, #FeesMustFall campaigners say they will dig in their heels and fight any proposed increases again, if needs be, writes Fiona Forde for BDLive.

In March, Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande commissioned the statutory advisory Council on Higher Education to advise him on a regulatory framework concerning fees and to pencil in options for the 2017 academic year.

Business Day understands the council will tell Nzimande, in research that will be given to the department later in July, that an increase closely pegged to the consumer price index, which rose 6.1% in May, is the only feasible option. It also recommends that this hike be applied to all students nationwide, regardless of their financial standing.
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