Student protests continue as they took their fight to Luthuli house where they voiced out their demands.
The demands from the memorandum include:
- No student must be financially excluded in 2021
- No Fee increment for 2021
- The Commencement of the academic year to be postponed on the 30th of March in order to equip first years with skills related to computer literacy
- The distribution of laptops to all students in need immediately
- The removal of the 75% upfront for African International students
- Every student who was given a residence offer be permitted to occupy the res ASAP
- NSFAS to pay for its beneficiaries by the end of each academic year
Students have said that they will stand firm with their demands and have mentioned that they looking to hold the ruling party accountable and that words are not enough and are now demanding action.
The University of Pretoria’s SRC has also joined to march in the fight against exclusion in education, the students marched on Es’kia Mphahlele to the Department of Higher Education and Training in Pretoria to submit the memorandum of demand.
Students are demanding to put stop to the maladministration taking place at the NSFAS offices and are demanding for NSFAS to respond to the first-year students about whether they will be funded or not.
They have also mentioned that they demanding that NSFAS responds to senior students about their application statuses.
Wits Students continued their march to the Constitutional Hill to launch an urgent application and to hand in a memorandum of demand, calling for the scrapping of Historical debts.
Wits SRC president Mpendulo Mfeka, has called on the ConCourt to start being active on student matters.
HELM puts women leadership at the forefront
Women within higher education institutions have been taking up more leadership and management roles. This is in a bid to encourage and promote equality within higher education institutions.
The Higher Education Leadership and Management (HELM) launched an initiative aimed at empowering women for change in higher education. An initiative which will include 26 women from 17 public universities in a six-month-long Women in Leadership (WiL) programme.
The programme is a collaboration between HELM with the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET), British Council, Advance HE and the United Kingdom’s University of Bath.
“WiL recognises that gender equity and women’s access to executive and management positions in universities is a major challenge in South Africa and on the African continent. It is therefore intended to promote the rights of women and afford them opportunities to reach their full potential.”
The programme was launched on the 1st of September and its focus will be on a variety of disciplines at different levels of leadership at their institutions. Included among them are executive deans, heads of schools and academic programmes, senior lecturers, directors: research and deputy vice-chancellor.
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EDHE Lekgotla 2020: “African entrepreneurship through technology”
With businesses and daily operations moving online, this has become the new normal. This change has been seen with university tours, graduations and conferences.
Since technology has taken over, new innovations have been put at the forefront. The National Entrepreneurship Development in Higher Education (EDHE) Lekgotla is putting the spotlight on Africa’s innovations, opening greater platforms for Africa’s young entrepreneurs to showcase their technology innovations.
“As a country and continent, we have the opportunity to lead the way in developing new technologies and start-ups to meet the specific needs and challenges of the era we are in”, EDHE.
The Department of Higher Education and Training together with Universities South Africa (USAF), will be hosting a free virtual EDHE Lekgotla 2020.
With this years theme, “#AfroTech-frican Entrepreneurship through Technology, EDHE will take a look into innovative technology.
The lekgotla will take place through the innovative use of event technology. The event will include the third annual one-day Studentpreneurs Indaba, brought to you by the EDHE Studentpreneurs Community of Practice (CoP), aimed at supporting entrepreneurial students who do business while also studying. Visit www.edhe.co.za to register.