Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande addressed Parliament’s education committee on Tuesday amid protests by students over the issues of historical debts and financial exclusion.
The minister told MPs that he is concern about the recurring nature of the protests.
Government resolved at the end of 2017 to make free higher education a reality, but has yet to implement the decision.
Nzimande believes a resolution to the issue of the “missing middle” could go a long way in ensuring stability in the sector.
“And we focus on teaching on learning rather than focusing on other things.
“I’m really hoping in the end that we will confront this,” Nzimande said.
— Jacaranda News (@JacaNews) March 23, 2021
Nzimande also defended government, saying it has upheld its part of the deal pertaining to student funding.
“Let’s not continue to conflate the issues. Let us all acknowledge that government has honoured its side of the deal in so far as NSFAS is concerned, including (student union) SAUS.”