Pandor: Graft, theft of public resources hindering realisation of free education

The former Education Minister made submissions at the Fees Commission of Inquiry in Centurion on Wednesday in her capacity as chair of the party’s subcommittee on education.

FILE: Minister of Science and Technology Naledi Pandor. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG – African National Congress (ANC) National Executive Committee member Naledi Pandor has described corruption and the theft of public resources as some of the factors hindering government from directing enough resources for free education.

The former Education Minister made submissions at the Fees Commission of Inquiry in Centurion on Wednesday in her capacity as chair of the party’s subcommittee on education.

The Freedom Charter says the doors of learning shall be open and that higher education shall be opened to all by means of state allowances on the basis of merit.

Pandor was asked how the party interpreted this.

“The ANC understands this to refer to us needing to provide state funding to all those who are illegible by way of academic merit to enter post-school education. We believe it doesn’t say free for all.”

She believes addressing corruption and the theft of public resources can help government address the issue of free education.

“If you stop corruption and theft of public resources, clearly then you’d be more able to appropriately allocate funds to where they should.”

The party also says government must not only focus on undergraduates when discussing the issue of fees, to the neglect of postgraduates.

It also made a call for fee increases to be regulated.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)