SONGEZO ZIBI: Good governance and a growing economy key to solving fees crisis
Higher education funding could also benefit from partnerships between private sector and government, writes Songezo Zibi
Higher education funding, or the insufficiency thereof, has been one of the most talked-about topics in 2016, easily unseating unemployment. This is no surprise as university campuses across the land degenerated into chaos, with students demanding that they pay no fees for their education. Post-high school education is akin to running the gauntlet for most students because tuition fees are often just one of the financial worries they have. University residence accommodation is expensive, as is the food offered at dining facilities and canteens. Residences often do not allow students to prepare their own meals and have no self-catering facilities. Universities also do not have enough rooms to accommodate students on campus, so those who cannot find or afford campus accommodation have to rent nearby, or far. Generally, the closer the accommodation is to campus, the more expensive it is. Those who find it at more than walking distance from campus also have to find money for transport. ...