Today the Minister of Finance, Pravin Gordhan, in his budget speech announced that there would be an increase to the Higher education budget of an additional R5 billion for 2017/18 to assist poor students.
While this R5 billion aligns with current government promises to the recent student funding crisis, it is a short-term solution, and is nowhere near the amount needed in the Higher Education Sector to sustain our Universities and Colleges in the longer term. The Minister knows perfectly well that tens of billions more is required to put the sector back on an even keel after decades of neglect.
The DA also believes that the Minister of Finance should have announced a significant increase to the higher education infrastructure allocation which would have allowed for the building of more student accommodation and facilities.
That is why we need a comprehensive spending review which would make more funds available for helping the lost generation, specifically so that they can access the higher education sector.
Belinda Bozzoli MP
DA Shadow Minister of Higher Education
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