Former President and the current University of South Africa (Unisa)’s Chancellor, Thabo Mbeki says everyone is entitled to education regardless of their race and choices in life.
He says the poor, rich and working class should not be left out of the education system.
Mbeki was delivering a congratulatory message during Unisa’s 150 years celebration in Pretoria on Monday.
He says despite the challenges facing the institution, Unisa continues to serve all in society.
“I cited to remind ourselves that even when Unisa was born, most of us then were bushmen, kaffirs and niggas. On the very eve of this celebration, a report on Unisa by a properly appointed an independent assessor entered public domain generating great worries about the future of this university,” adds Mbeki.
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Meanwhile, Deputy President Paul Mashatile has urged UNISA management to ensure that the institution acts as a leader to other institutions and adapt to the use of technology to benefit societies.
Mashatile says government is also doing all in its power to give the institution necessary support.
“We strongly recommend that you maintain your pioneering position …make it one of the worlds most diverse universities.”