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UCT urges govt to find long-term solution to fees crisis

Students and academics protested outside of Parliament yesterday.

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

CAPE TOWN - University of Cape Town (UCT) has called on government to find long-term solutions to resolve the fees and funding crisis.

Academics and students protested outside Parliament yesterday.

The institution has also urged the private sector to assist with tertiary education funding.

UCT vice-chancellor Max Price says a solution to the fees crisis needs to come by the end of the year and must be incorporated into next year's national budget.

"It closes its work in June 2017, but a final agreement and incorporation into the national budget will only make implementation possible by 2020. Are we meant to be in limbo until then?"

He adds that recommendations from the Fees Commission of Inquiry will come a little too late.

"If you don't qualify for NSFAS, you can't study so it really is a thing and fees must be free for everyone."

Some protesting medical students claim they have had to consider dropping out due to mounting fees.

The university has also called on the commission to speed up its work so that a viable solution is in place for 2018.