IFP Calls for A Bill to Provide Free and Compulsory Education

18 December 2014. 

The IFP has noted the call by the EFF conference which was held in Bloemfontein to scrap the NSFAS and introduce free education up to the first university degree. This statement sounds very attractive especially in circumstances where the majority of prospective students, especially from African communities, face serious challenges of access to tertiary education. Whilst the IFP sympathises with the EFF stance, we believe that two things need to happen first before we can call for free tertiary education. 

"First, we must root out corruption in NSFAS as it has been reported that corruption is rife where non-deserving students are benefiting while deserving students are being left out in the cold. This must come to an end. Second, government needs to urgently enact legislation that will provide universal, free and compulsory education for all children from Grade R to Grade 12 thereby doing away with half majors in the form of no fee schools, and ultimately moving towards the implementation of free tertiary education," said IFP Spokesperson on Education, Mr Alfred Mpontshane, MP. 

"Education is a right which has to be made progressively available to everyone, because an educated workforce is the key to rebuilding our economy," concluded Mr Mpontshane.


Issued by:
Mr Alfred Mpontshane, IFP Spokesperson on Education MP, 083 441 6201