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MEC doesn’t think SA will reach stage of free education for all

Ismail Vadi says it’s important that the opportunity for higher education for poorer students is not lost.

FILE: Gauteng Transport MEC Ismail Vadi. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG – The Gauteng Roads and Transport MEC Ismail Vadi says he doesn’t think South Africa will reach a stage where education will be completely free for everyone.

Vadi was speaking on the side-lines of the social investment programme ceremony on Tuesday, where 33 beneficiaries who run community upliftment projects were awarded funding.

The MEC says government has come a long way in providing opportunities for students who can’t afford tertiary education but are academically deserving.

Vadi says it’s important that the opportunity for higher education for poorer students is not lost.

“I think government has gone a long way in terms of the recent pronouncement of supporting a poor students.”

However, the MEC argues that if a pupil comes from a wealthy family and is academically deserving, they should still make a contribution to their school fees.

“If you come from a wealthy family, you should make a contribution in terms of payment of fees.”

He says the social investment programme has been designed to tackle poverty and minimise inequality.

(Edited by Masechaba Sefularo)