Free Education for Africa

Join Lawrence Mlotshwa and his panelist Oscar Mushapaidze and Sydwell Mashaba, as they discuss on the issue of free education in Africa.

Following nationwide protests President Jacob Zuma said that free university education is possible. However, South African Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande told Parliament that the government’s policy on free higher education is only for the poor. Nzimande said some money had been diverted from the Sector Education Training Authorities (SETA) for scarce skills education, but insisted that it would not become a “milking cow” or a war chest. This has raised eyebrows among Africans on whether free education is possible in Africa.

Many who object to free education do so on the premise that it is not feasible. Proponents of free university tuition do so on the basis that higher education is a public good. Their argument is that having well-trained doctors, lawyers, teachers, accountants, managers, engineers, journalists and civil servants around benefits us all. And the critical reasoning skills cultivated by humanities subjects such as economics, African studies, classics, political studies and philosophy enhance civil society’s ability to hold government to account.

So the question arises, ”Is free education feasible in Africa or not?”