Education expert appeals to govt to resolve student protests

Education expert Christo van der Rheede says the education system is in crisis.

Secretary for the EFF at the University of Pretoria holds up his fist during protest at the institution’s Hatfield campus over possible fee hikes for the 2017 year. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - An education expert has called on government to take the lead in finding a solution to student protests that have resulted in the destruction of property and have forced shutdowns at a number of universities.

There's no end in sight at this stage for the wave of anti-fees protests gripping several campuses.

Education expert Christo van der Rheede says the education system is in crisis.

Van der Rheede says it's up to government to find a solution.

"What we are appealing for is strong leadership. Government must put a plan on the table. We know that we cannot have free education at this point in time. There is just no money but government has to come up with a plan to assist these young people with a plan."

He says if the disruptions continue, it will not only affect academic activity and loss of income for universities but could also impact the economy.