Dept of Higher Education calls on #FeesMustFall protesters to allow registration to continue

Students have disrupted on-site registration at 3 institutions in protest against registration fees.

Wits Fees Must Fall members protested on 11 January 2016 as first years queued around them for registration. Picture: EWN/Govan Whittles.

JOHANNESBURG - The Department of Higher Education is urging protesting students to allow university activities to resume without political statements.

Fees Must Fall protests resumed today at three tertiary institutions, leading to the suspension of on-site registration.

The department says all issues raised last year have been addressed, with over 400,000 students expected to receive National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) funding from government this academic year.

Students have called for free education, saying the upfront registration fees are simply not affordable.

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But Deputy Director General Dr Diane Parker says students need to recognise that has free education is not feasible at the moment.

"It seems that they are continuing to protest regardless of what has been put on the table and this is of great concern to us; particularly because there are large numbers of students who are wanting to register now, and are very interested in coming back to university in order to complete their qualification."

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