Nzimande: Policy on free education is only for poor students
He says currently 16 percent of undergraduates are funded by NSFAS, lower than the 25 percent who qualify.
He was briefing Parliament's Higher Education and Training Portfolio Committee earlier today on issues including the student uprising over tuition fees.
Nzimande began with a disclaimer before delving into the numbers.
"I'm not an economist, I'm a communist."
He says currently 16 percent of undergraduates are funded by the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS), lower that the 25 percent who qualify for government assistance.
Maintaining the current arrangement will cost an additional R3 billion.
On the issue of free education, Nzimande explains it's for the poor.
"Those who are calling for everyone [to be offered free education; we cannot afford that as a country. The students must pay."
During a parliamentary debate yesterday, Nzimande also said the rich should be taxed.
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