After incidents of racial abuse reported at St John’s College, I joined Thabiso Tema and Eusebius McKaiser’s shows on behalf of concerned alumni to discuss the issues.
The Eusebius McKaiser Show (with Markus Trengove, Dr John Patricios, and MEC Phanyaza Lesufi)
Both the state and universities are responsible for the dramatic increase in fees over the last decade, though each likes to blame the other. Between 2006 and 2012, the state’s contribution to the total funding of higher education remained roughly stagnant, at about 40 per cent – yet between 2010 and 2012 tuition fees increased by 27 per cent, whereas student enrolment only increased by 7 per cent. Vice-chancellors suggested that this shift was because of a falling per-capita state subsidy, but this is inaccurate: the per-capita subsidy fell relative to fees precisely because fees were rising so quickly.