22 September 2016
Dear colleagues and students
I invite all members of the University of Cape Town – students, parents, university staff with academics in full academic dress – to assemble at the gates of parliament on Thursday, 22 September 2016, from 13:00 to 15:00. At the picket, representatives of the university will present the statement below to the National Minister of Higher Education and Training:
UNIVERSITY OF CAPE TOWN STATEMENT ON THE SYSTEMIC CRISIS IN HIGHER EDUCATION
21 September 2016
We, the members of the University of Cape Town, call on all stakeholders to urgently address the systemic crisis in higher education in South Africa.
We acknowledge that the Minister of Higher Education and Training Dr Blade Nzimande's proposal to address the fee issue for 2017 is a step in the right direction. However, while the vice-chancellors have acknowledged this important gesture by the minister, it is only an interim measure. We believe that government has not acted decisively to ensure sustainable and adequate funding to address the systemic crisis in the higher education sector. Government has placed an undue burden on students, parents and universities to fund higher education.
We continue to support the national call to address the inequitable access to higher education in South Africa following years of chronic underfunding. We are committed to finding solutions for a sustainable, affordable and equitable higher education sector. Inadequate investment in higher education will continue to have a major, detrimental impact on the development of our country for years to come.
We support lawful and peaceful protests and condemn all forms of violence and intimidation.
As members of the University of Cape Town we:
All members of the UCT community participating in the picket will be expected to comply with the instructions of the picket's marshals.
Dr Max Price
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