Wits management studying fee increase model

Students at various universities, including Wits, have threatened to shut down institutions.

FILE: Students at Wits protest on campus after Minister of Higher Education Blade Nzimande failed to deliver a free tertiary education policy. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Wits University says it's studying the fee increase model announced by Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande before making its own pronouncements.

Yesterday Nzimande announced that universities will be free to implement their own fee increases for 2017, which will be capped at eight percent.

NGO Universities South Africa says it expects that institutions will reach a collective agreement on a fee increment.

Students at various universities, including Wits, have threatened to shut down institutions, saying they want free higher education to be implemented.

Wits deputy vice-chancellor Tawana Kupe says the university's governance structures will study government's announcement.

"Our governing structure will have to study this carefully and make a pronouncement on the way forward."

Meanwhile, some University of Pretoria students say a significant increase in tuition fees could see them embarking on protests.

Classes were briefly disrupted yesterday as a small group protested after Nzimande's announcement.

The student representative council's Donovan du Plooy says their plans could change, depending on management's decision.

"In terms of the exact implications for those who have to pay fees and what increments they'll have to pay in future, we have to go back to our constituencies and discuss the way forward. We will take it from there."