Parly flags governance, funding issues in E Cape higher education

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Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Higher Education Science and Innovation has identified poor governance and funding inefficiencies as major challenges in institutions of higher learning in the Eastern Cape.

The committee conducted an oversight visit to institutions of higher learning in the province. They included the embattled University of Fort Hare in Alice.

The committee engaged with students, labour, and management of the institutions.

The Committee’s Chairperson, Nompendulo Mkhatshwa says, “Most important is this one of leadership. Because it has a ripple effect on how we even manage the limited budget we have. What is important is for us to be able to utilise the budget.”

“When we look at our universities  great concern is NSFAS, accreditation of accommodation is a big challenge, there are allowances  that have not been paid coming from last year and  students are expected to register but  they don’t know if they are  funded  or not.”

Portfolio committee on higher education identifies poor governance at EC tertiary institutions