Vhembe TVET Colleges demand free education

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Students in various campuses of the Vhembe TVET College in Limpopo have disrupted lectures for more than a month. The students are demanding free education for all without conditions.

They are also demanding refund of their registration fees saying government has implemented free education. Student Representative Council president at Makwarela campus outside Thohoyandou, Asivhanzhi Mabogo says the acting CEO of the college must resign because she is failing to resolve the problem to end the strike.

“She’s no longer wanted as the principal of this college more especially based on the fees that she’s giving us. She is giving us a lot of money that we must pay at the college education has been declared to be free but here she is coming with other conditions that we must pay money,” Mabogo said.

Vhembe TVET college spokesperson Bonginkosi Dladlama says there are on-going discussions to resolve the problem. Dladlama also said they will implement a catch up programme to cover lost time.

“When free education was implemented it was not across the board. The combined household of 350 thousands less are the ones that qualify for free education,” Dladlama said.

Dladlama said that the demand from students does not consider the applicable conditions.