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Last updated: 04 June 2016
FAWU Welcomes Zero Increases In Tertiary Fees, Supports Free Education
4 June 2016
In 2015, FAWU held a National Executive Council meeting (NEC) from 22-24 October 2015 and paused to reflect on the protest actions held countrywide by students at different tertiary institutions.
FAWU is fully supportive of the nationwide strikes that swept through our universities over the past couple of weeks regarding tertiary fee increases.
As far as fee increases go, we indeed support the struggle of the students in favour of a zero percent increase for now, but would endeavour ourselves to work towards free quality education in future. Education remains one of the vitally important functions of any developing country and is in line with the Freedom Charter. We have noted that education has become a commodity which is no longer meant for human development and the realisation of personal potential or abilities, but as a means to generate sustained and increased profits.
Through our members we represent workers who are also parents to these protesting students and ultimately the ones held liable for education fees or repayment of study loans and related financial assistance. We are also aware that those students who study with financial assistance are indebted once they qualify and before even being employed , if they are indeed fortunate to land a formal job.
We therefore resolved to:
1) To welcome the zero fee increase , but lobby ourselves towards the realisation of FREE,QUALITY EDUCATION;
2) All exclusions of those students who failed to pay the exorbitant and escalating fees must cease immediately;
3) Campaign to end the buying and selling of education and deliver free basic education for all;
4) We call on the Minister of Higher Education to stop belittling the significance of the plight and demands of these students;
5) Wish to caution against all opportunistic political hyenas who want to hijack the cause for their own political expediency.