Over the last few days, the youth of our country have taken action. They are standing up for what they believe in. Our vision as enke, is to create a global movement of young people who are taking action on the world’s most urgent social issues. #FeesMustFall demonstrates young people mobilizing and working to create the future they want to see.
enke has been moved and inspired and we continue to be as we see moments that are shaping the history of South Africa. enke will be sharing the thoughts of some of our alumni involved in the movement in universities across the country.
“ It’s understandable that as a country we are experiencing a wave of economic instability which has led to universities implementing a high percentage increase of fees. Students are already struggling with NSFAS (financial aid for students) as it cannot cover all of the tuition fees, groceries, security on campus, expensive textbooks and transport. Despite this struggle students are still expected to excel academically.
Financial plans and objectives of private sectors that offer bursaries will also be affected. The debt that students incur as they study is only going to increase, leaving students with more debt than life left to live.
The university must cut down on some expenses that do not contribute to the educational services provided. They must cut down on all outsourcing activities and rather employ students who can develop work space skills and thus assist the universities financial position.
We want quality education, infrastructure and learning conducive facilities. Understandably this is expensive to maintain and it becomes a problem for the university. Inflation is a national issue, the fees increment is also a national issue. Students are standing together in solidarity. It’s not a race issue, it’s about class, humanity, exploitation and the debt student put themselves in to get access to an institution of higher learning. As a nation, we must stand together and support the students, as we are the future. #FeesMustFall ”
University of the Free State