The ongoing #feesmustfall movement is indicative of the legacy left by the Apartheid System. The word Apartheid means apart from or separateness. A carefully thought through system which left disparities in education, employment, income, society and resources. Fact, the country cannot ignore the connection of the prejudice to the current state of where higher education is concerned. Whereby previously disadvantaged individuals have to pay the same fees as their white counter parts, in many cases are indebted before their careers even take off.
This does not however justify the vandalism of Higher Education property and facilities as the country has witnessed.
A functional democratic country and economy is made up by more than just acts, regulations and strategies. There are crucial inter-dependencies, where the success of one depends on another. This requires collective effort by government, business and individuals to thrive. Students also marched to the Chamber of Mines and in an attempt to have the private sector also involved to assist government to fund for students’ fees. Cosatu marched in support of the students and further highlighted that the private sector is the biggest consumer of higher education skills.
There is no silver bullet. The challenge of funding for Higher and basic Education is multifaceted and requires multifaceted solutions.