In 2015, South Africa was rocked by protestors against the high cost of tertiary education in the country. These protests which were sometimes peaceful but sometimes violent and eventually got the attention of the right people. Just before his exit as our president, Jacob Zuma astonished everyone with his announcement that free education would be implemented from 2018.
Advantages of free education:
• Investing in our youth’s education benefits the country in the long run. More skilled workers a country reduces the number of unskilled workers.
• Upskilling more of our population will attract investors which brings more money into the country
In February 2018, Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba announced in his budget speech that R57-billion over the next three years has been earmarked to pay for the free education for students who come from poor or working-class. This is over and above the R10-billion which was provisionally set aside in the 2017 budget.