Adam Habib expressed his disappointment after he was chased away from a peace accord meeting at a church in Braamfontein by angry students.
JOHANNESBURG - Wits University Vice-Chancellor Adam Habib says urgent clarity is needed on how the new free higher education model will be financed.
Habib posted his concerns on social media.
He tweeted that if free education is not done properly the quality of universities will decline.
Announcement of free education for poor and working class cannot but be positive. Issue is how is it to be paid for? Urgent clarity needed.— Adam Habib (@AdHabb) December 16, 2017
It free education financing is not done properly,quality in univ&39;s will decline.We would have done to higher education what exists at basic.— Adam Habib (@AdHabb) December 16, 2017
DHET did meet VC&39;s with regard to 2018 fee increase for those with family income of less than R600k. We had no discussion of free education of poor and working class.— Adam Habib (@AdHabb) December 16, 2017
Habib also cautioned against celebrating the announcement, saying it’s anything but positive.
He confirmed the Department of Higher Education and Training met with Vice-Chancellors over 2018 fee increases for poor households
Habib says free education was never discussed.