Student fees

Why students should bear some of the burden of hikes

by |October 3rd, 2016

As featured in Business Live¬†| 3 October 2016 The Fees Must Fall campaign of 2015 has placed the financing of higher education at centre stage in the political arena. Students complain that fees have increased at rates higher than consumer price inflation. This has indeed been the case from 2009 to 2015, with the rate… read more

The financing of higher education in South Africa

by |September 22nd, 2016

As featured in Econ3x3¬†| 22 September 2016 Higher-than-inflation increases in student fees since 2009 often are blamed on declining government subsidies to universities. This is not entirely correct, if one considers real per-student subsidies. Fee increases resulted mainly from cost pressures faced by universities due to growing student numbers and a weakening rand. These pressures… read more