Vi­o­lence tac­tic fails stu­dents

Sunday World - - Opinion -

STU­DENTS should stop vi­o­lent acts and find so­lu­tions to the on­go­ing dis­rup­tions.

The rum­pus that has en­gulfed our uni­ver­si­ties re­gard­ing the pay­ment of fees and the call for free ed­u­ca­tion com­pels all stake­hold­ers, specif­i­cally stu­dents, univer­sity man­age­ment, busi­ness, govern­ment, civil so­ci­ety, par­ents and so­ci­ety to come to­gether to find so­lu­tions.

Uni­ver­si­ties have ha­bit­u­ally been the pre­serve of those who could af­ford the ex­or­bi­tant fees.

To in­crease ac­cess, govern­ment has over the years made money avail­able through its stu­dent fund­ing pro­gramme, NSFAS, to help those who couldn t af­ford to pay for their ed­u­ca­tion.

The un­for­tu­nate nascent pan­de­mo­nium has, in a way, pit­ted stu­dents against uni­ver­si­ties and govern­ment, as the call has shifted to the de­mand for free higher ed­u­ca­tion.

The protests have turned vi­o­lent, wherein mil­lions of rands worth of dam­ages to some uni­ver­si­ties has been recorded.

These acts of vi­o­lence will leave in­sti­tu­tions and govern­ment with no choice but to close down the fa­cil­i­ties to en­sure no more ca­su­al­ties are recorded. What the stu­dents fail to fathom is that they en­cum­ber aca­demic progress by em­ploy­ing these tac­tics.

The tim­ing of the un­rest and the meth­ods used are in no way favourable for learn­ing to con­tinue.

Stu­dents should go back to class and think about how to move for the ul­ti­mate ob­jec­tive of en­sur­ing free higher ed­u­ca­tion for those who can­not af­ford not for all, as this may com­pro­mise the qual­ity of ed­u­ca­tion.

Phaladi Seakgwe By e-mail

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