South African Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande says university students should know by the end of this month if there will be any fee increase for next year.
Nzimande said this at a media briefing here Monday following threats by the South African Union of Students (SAUS) to shut down universities if fees are increased following reports that the Council for Higher Education (CHE) has proposed a 6,0 per cent fees hike for next year.
Nzimande appealed for calm, saying a decision on fees will only be made following a consultation process with various interested parties.
Meanwhile, classes have not been disrupted at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) in Port Elizabeth in Eastern Cape province as the students did not heed the call to embark on a national “Fees Must Fall” protest.
The NMMU Student Representative Council (SRC) said the university had not tabled any fee increment proposal, hence they had not seen the need to protest.
However, the SRC will hold a mass meeting with students Tuesday to decide whether they will participate in the planned mass action.
SRC President Nicolas Nyathi said: “Our call has always been free education for the poor and we have always believed that the only thing that has been standing in our way is government.”
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK