Parents who can afford varsity fees are urged to 'fork out'

The ANC supports the ideal that if there are parents who can pay for tertiary education, they should.

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

JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress (ANC) has urged parents of students who can afford tertiary education to pay the fees in the interests of social justice.

The party held a briefing where a subcommittee on education, health, science and technology has given feedback on its transformation gains in the wake of this year's fees must fall protests.

The ANC says in response to calls for no fee increases in 2016 government has provided R1,9 of the R2,3 billion shortfall agreed to by government last year.

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National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) will now receive an additional R4,5 billion from state funding over and above the R10 billion already allocated for this academic year.

Chairperson of the subcommittee Naledi Pandor says the ANC also supports the ideal that if there are parents who can pay for tertiary education, they should.

NSFAS has also begun developing a new testing model to address the challenges of the so called "missing middle" that will be fully implemented in 2018.

The missing middle refers to students who are above the financial aid schemes threshold but still cannot afford to pay for their tertiary education.

ANC DEVELOPING NEW FUNDING MODEL

The new funding model will aim to provide loans to students who do not meet the Nsfas criteria but also cannot afford tertiary education.

The model will be tested next year for full implementation in 2018.