NECF: University fee hike a threat to 2017 academic year

The National Education Crisis Forum says the 8% university fee increment poses a threat to the stability of the 2017 academic year.

FILE: Demonstrating students hold up placards during protests over tertiary education fees in Pretoria. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The National Education Crisis Forum says the 8% university fee increment poses a threat to the stability of the 2017 academic year.

The forum, which has nine convenors, was formed on this day last year in the wake of the #FeesMustFall demonstrations.

They say this year’s registration process is likely to trigger instability unless the appropriate attention is given to the immediate issues and defects at tertiary institutions.

Retired deputy chief justice Dikgang Moseneke says the Forum made an effort to engage with government but some of their suggestions have not been introduced.

The Forum says historic debt remains another significant challenge to the registration process, with students who have not been granted National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) funding struggling to register for this academic year.

The convenors say that financial exclusion related to historic debt remains an unresolved challenge for the registration process.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)