Student leaders have rubbished a proposed accord at the end of a day-long university imbizo hosted by Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande, demanding an audience with President Jacob Zuma instead.
Students said they had worked on a new model for university funding – proposing that the government contribute 50%, the corporate or private sector 30%, and student fees 20%.
In a document, which was not presented at the imbizo, #FeesMustFall activists say the government had contributed 50% of university running costs in 2000, but that had since fallen to 39%.
The meeting turned tense when students became unhappy about Zuma’s departure after he had given a keynote address.
Zuma said the failure to conclude the academic year could see it being wasted and would create a backlog for incoming students next year.
Some university campuses remained tense yesterday.
- At Wits, about 200 students tried to shut down the campus.
- The University of Cape Town reopened, and six students were arrested for intimidation after a group disrupted classes.
- Classes were disrupted at Durban University of Technology.
Meanwhile Olympian Caster Semenya has hit out at the #FeesMustFall campaign.
The final-year sports science student at North West University said it was halting her studies.