ANC still looking for model to fund poor, 'missing middle' students

The ANC subcommittee on education and health has resolved to accelerate the search, the private sector must also play its role.

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JOHANNESBURG - With mounting pressure on government to address the funding crisis at tertiary institutions, the African National Congress (ANC) says it’s still looking at a model to fund poor students and the so-called missing middle.

The education, health and governance commissions have given a report back following the fifth national ANC policy conference.

The chairperson of the subcommittee on education and health Naledi Pandor says the ANC is still seeking a specific model for free higher education.

“Some may be able to afford the loan payments and they don’t fall within the categories or threshold that will be specified in the new model.”

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Pandor says while the committee has resolved to accelerate the search, the private sector must also play its role.

“We have agreed that we need speed and that students can’t wait any longer.”

The ANC says it believes education is the key to fighting poverty.

(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)