Watch: Students brawl at Highe

Watch: Students brawl at Higher Education National Convention [video]

Another setback in the quest for free higher education.

Watch: Students brawl at Highe

With so many things going on with the ANC government at the moment, it is easy to forget about the two year running higher education crisis in our country. For the last 2 years, universities have been shut down for weeks at a time as a result of protesting students demanding higher education. Some property has been damaged, government has made some false promises and still millions of young South Africans can not afford higher education.

You may be reading that last sentence and thinking, “that’s ridiculous going to university is a PRIVILEGE!” Well, our constitution says something a little different, take a look at point “b” below.

1 Section 29 (1) of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa Act 108 1996 provides that “everyone has the right – (a) to basic education, including adult basic education. (b) to further education, which the state through reasonable measures, must make progressively available and accessible”.

“Progressively available and accessible,” let’s focus on those words specifically. University and college fees have been going up every single year, except for the last two where students started majorly protesting. Now, an increase in fees every year is DEFINITELY not progressively making anything more accessible. Government has been decreasing Universities funding for many years now. There are so many complexities around this issue that it is simply not possible to look at them all in one article.

Today, Midrand played host to the Higher Education National Convention. Minister Of Higher Education Blade Nzimande was in attendance together with University Vice Chancellors, students and others involved in finding solutions for higher education. Tensions were high though and soon violence broke out, the event was later suspended in order to try and keep everyone safe.

Various groups of students seemed to clash with each other, chairs were thrown and soon a full-on brawl seemed to take over.  It’s a sad sight as once again, we are no closer to a permanent solution. Watch the clip, below.