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UCT medical students admit they've considered dropping out due to fees

Protesting students say the issue of fees is a key challenge facing students trying to qualify as doctors.

Students protest at Parliament in Cape Town for free education on 22 September 2016. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - University of Cape Town (UCT) medical students protesting at Parliament say they've considered dropping out due to exorbitant fees.

Academics from the institution's Health Sciences faculty have also joined in the demonstration.



They say the issue of fees is a key challenge facing students trying to qualify as doctors.

These medical students have told Eyewitness News they have considered giving up on qualifying as doctors due to mounting tuition fees.

"It is a known fact that medical students don't get funding from government."

Students and academics say they are protesting against what they call "a funding crisis" at tertiary institutions.

They say government's announcement that university can set 2017 fee increases below a cap of eight percent places more strain on parents, students and institutions to find funding.

The group has handed over a memorandum of grievances to a representative from Higher Education Minister Blaze Nzimande's office.



Senior UCT academics have called on government to acknowledge its role in finding solutions to the funding crisis at universities.

Faculty Dean Bongani Mayosi explains, "If the current crisis is not resolved urgently, the higher education system will be paralysed for a long time and we'll not be able to work, resulting in dire consequences for the country."