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Student Organisations Weigh In On University Fee Increase 2022

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Student Organisations Weigh In On University Fee Increase

 

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Both the Department of Higher Education and Training and Universities South Africa have proposed a hike of tuition fees and student accommodation for the 2022 academic year. Student organisations have also come forward with their own perspectives on this matter.

Universities South Africa CEO, Ahmed Bawa proposed increases in both tuition and accommodation fees in universities for 2022.

Bawa mentioned that this collective decision by the body was influenced by Consumer Price Inflation (CPI) data published by Statistics South Africa on 19 January which shows that inflation increased to 5.9% in December 2021.

Thus, the Universities South Africa had proposed a 5% hike in tuition fees and 7% for accommodation fees.

However, the Department of Higher Education slightly lowered the numbers to 4.3% for tuition fees and 6.3% for student accommodation in 2022.

In an ENCA live interview, Asive Dlanjwa, Spokesperson of the South African Union of Students (SAUS) said:

We do not accept it for many reasons. We do not believe that this is the time for us to be increasing the costs of education, particularly at the time in which we find ourselves.

The student organisation acknowledged that there are students who will be funded by the National Student Financial Aid Scheme. However, Dlanjwa highlighted that there is a big cohort of students who are called ‘the missing middle’ who seemingly are forgotten in such conversations.

There are also students who entered the academic system pre-2018, who were evaluated based on the R120 000 – R350 000 threshold. According to Dlanjwa numbers do show that these students are still in the system, studying.

SAUS also emphasised that the very same NSFAS forecasted a shortfall of R10 billion.

The increase in university tuition fees and student accommodation will affect these two cohorts of students as they are self-funded.

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