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Universities preserve inequality: Fees Commission

Thursday 11 August 2016 13:43

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The Fees Commission was established by President Jacob Zuma in January to look into the feasibility of free education in the country.

The Fees Commission was established by President Jacob Zuma in January to look into the feasibility of free education in the country.(SABC)

The Centre for Higher Education Transformation (CHET) says black students still struggle to pay for their honours degrees, while their white counterparts are funded by their families.

The centre's Dr. Nico Cloete was making submissions at the Fees Commission inquiry underway in Pretoria.  

Cloete says universities are not good at changing inequality and tend to favour the middle class.

“It just really shows that what Higher Education does is both a preserver of privilege; it also provides options, but for a very small group of people. So, universities actually often offer a very small ladder out of poverty, but it still doesn't change inequality,” says Cloete.

The Fees Commission was established by President Jacob Zuma in January to look into the feasibility of free education in the country.

This came after students from around the country protested against the cost of higher education and demanding for fees to fall.

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