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TUT welcomes government’s fee support initiative

Blade Nzimande announced yesterday that universities would decide on the fee increment.

FILE: Main entrance at the Tshwane University of Technology’s Soshanguve campus. Picture: Barry Bateman/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) has welcomed government's fee support initiative, which will see financially-needy students not experiencing a fee adjustment next month, continuing to pay at 2015 rates.

Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande announced yesterday that universities would decide on the fee increment, but this was capped at eight percent.

TUT's Willa de Ruyter says its council must still decide on the fee increment but has welcomed government's announcement.

"We welcome the proposed fee support from government that will ensure that National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) qualifying students and the so-called 'missing middle' will not be exposed to any fee adjustments in 2017."

While TUT's Arcadia campus was closed earlier today, De Ruyter says academic activities are continuing at all their campuses.

Meanwhile, security and the police are keeping a close on a group of demonstrating students at the University of Pretoria.

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