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Education draft bill to 'help govt achieve transformation'

The Higher Education Amendment Bill will replace the Higher Education Act, which has been amended 9 times.

Fort Hare University students march through the campus, recruiting students as they toyi-toyi against a hike in fees and what they say is a corrupt administration. Picture: Thomas Holders/EWN.
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Local Politics

CAPE TOWN - The Department of Higher Education says a draft bill now before Parliament will help government achieve its key policy goal of transformation.

Officials briefed Parliament’s higher education and training portfolio committee yesterday.

The Higher Education Amendment Bill will replace the Higher Education Act of 1997, which has been amended nine times and parts of which are out of date.

The ‘Fees Must Fall’ protests have brought obstacles to access to higher education into sharp focus, but consultations on the bill started long before the movement gathered steam.

The amendment bill will allow the higher education minister to set transformation goals for institutions and to set up oversight mechanisms to ensure that they are met.

The department’s advocate Eben Boshoff says, "These amendments will enhance the broad transformational goals across the board, not only in public [institutions], but even in private [institutions] as well and to open up higher education for all in the republic of South Africa.”

Eyewitness News understands there’s a push to ensure the committee finalises the bill before Parliament rises for the Easter recess.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)

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