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TUT announces 0% fee increase for 2017

Student protests flared up across the country after an announcement that tuition fees would increase for 2017.

Students from the Tshwane University of Technology demonstrating in Pretoria CBD. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) has announced a no fee hike for the 2017 academic year.

Yesterday, a group of students embarked on a protest at the institution's Soshanguve campus, blocking entrances with burning tyres and dustbins.

Student protests flared up across the country after an announcement that tuition fees would increase for 2017.

The university's counsel convened a special meeting yesterday, where the decision for a 0% fee increase was made.

Students and management also signed a memorandum of agreement that the academic programme would continue peacefully.

TUT's Willa de Ruyter says: "The university and the intuitional SRC yesterday also signed a memorandum of agreement to confirm that no student will pay any fee adjustment next year. They also agree that financially needy and academically deserving students will not be excluded based on historic debt."