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Nzimande continues with talks over funding, outsourcing

The higher education dept says several universities are still dealing with protests over funding.

Minister of Higher Education and Training, Blade Nzimande. Picture: Christa van der Walt/EWN.
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CAPE TOWN – Minister of Higher Education Blade Nzimande is continuing discussions with various organisations over university funding and outsourcing issues.

Last year, violent student demonstrations were seen across the country as students took a stand against proposed tuition fee hikes.

Briefing Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Higher Education, the department’s deputy Director-General Diane Parker told Members of Parliament that several universities including Wits and Unisa, are still dealing with protests.

Parker says Nzimande is intervening to avoid protests spreading.

“He also met with the SRCs [of various universities] and this was really to inform the students of the developments and intervention. Also to have discussions about the medium to long-term challenges and how we would deal with those.”

WATCH: The day fees 'fell'         

Yesterday, the department said it was putting measures in place to ensure the academic year at universities in the country is not disrupted.

Parker told the portfolio committee that several universities are still dealing with protests calling for the scrapping of registration fees and outsourcing of services.      

(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)

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