Reports have it that the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) has announced a 0% fee increase for the 2017 academic year.
As reported, the University’s counsel in a gathering yesterday, announced a decision to hand the students a 0% fee increase.
Following the development, the students and management signed a memorandum of agreement that the academic activities of the institution wouldn’t be disrupted anymore.
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Speaking for TUT, Willa de Ruyter confirmed this saying the 0% fee increase decision for 2017 follows the announcement made by the Minister of Higher Education and Training Blade Nzimande in September.
Mr. Nzimande announced that government will provide support to higher institutions to ensure that NSFAS qualifying students and the ‘missing middle’ will not be exposed to any fee adjustment in 2017.
“Tshwane University of Technology last week resolved that no TUT student will experience any fee adjustment in 2017.
“The university and the SRC yesterday also signed a memorandum of agreement to confirm that no student will pay any fee adjustment next year. They also agree that financially needy and academically deserving students will not be excluded based on historic debt,” disclosed De Ruyter.
Meanwhile, several vehicles have been torched this morning at the University of Cape Town (UCT).
The spokesperson of the institution, Patricia Lucas related that a residence near the burning vehicles had to be evacuated.
“One student residence near the cars was evacuated as a precaution and the incident is being investigated. UCT condemns this act in the strongest possible terms,” stated Lucas.
The incident is similar to another that happened at the Bellville Campus of the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) on Monday. Not fewer than five vehicles were torched in this case.
The Minister of Higher Education is expected to brief the National Assembly today on the current situation at university campuses across South Africa.