Tuition-free universities could reduce quality of education

On 13 April, the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) hosted a panel discussion on the recent Fees Must Fall movement. According to the CEO of the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation, Anthony Farr, tuition-free universities would reduce the quality of education and of graduates. Attendees to the event included Vice- Chancellor of the University of the Witwatersrand Prof. Adam Habib and general secretary of the EFFSC-UP branch Wenzile Madonsela.

According to a News24 article, Habib said that out of the 1.1 million grade one learners who enter the South African education system, only 30 000 eventually graduate from a university in the prescribed time. In 

a similar article, Madonsela said, “The reasons why we have a 20% graduation rate in South Africa are non-academic reasons… [t]hey are reasons such as transport, food [and lack of] sanitary pads.”

 

March againts homophobia to take place on Monday, 18 April

On 18 April, in support of the international day of silence against homophobia, a silent march will take place on UP’s Hatfield Campus from 12:30 to 13:30. Attendees of the march are encouraged to wear red to show their support.