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imfANA reports that the National Education, Health and Allied Workers' Union (Nehawu) said on Tuesday it was concerned by the "official queries" made by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on the policies of free higher education in the country.  

This came after there were reports that Montfort Mlachila, IMF senior resident and representative in SA, queried the country's move to offer free tertiary education, saying instead that more money should be spent on primary and secondary education.  "Spending a lot more money at the tertiary level through free tertiary education is missing the crucial issues.  A lot of the students who do get to tertiary education and get it for free can definitely afford it, even if they can’t afford it immediately they can in future by getting jobs," Mlachila was quoted as saying.  At the beginning of this year, South African government introduced fee-free tertiary education for all students from homes whose income was less than R350,000 per annum.  Zola Saphetha, Nehawu general secretary, argued that the IMF was actually advocating that government must merely spend on basic education, which was another way of saying that it must keep university education elite and predominantly white.  He also said that the IMF “has no expertise to make comments on education and other social services.”

  • Read the full original report on this story at Business Report
  • Read Nehawu’s press statement in this regard at Politicsweb
  • Read too, IMF official queries SA free tertiary education, at City Press

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