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Non Racism
The socialisation of the ownership and control of the means of production
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Issue 1, Vol 15: 25 January 2017

Is it Free Education or Fee-Free Education

On the 16 December the 2017, the President of the Republic of South Africa made a a very crucial pronouncement as it relate to the question of education that" government would be phasing in fully subsidised free higher education and training for academically capable students from poor and working class backgrounds over a five year period" This decision was welcomed by the Progressive Youth Alliance and the South African Youth in general. This decision was further endorsed by the ANC 54th National Conference and further amplified in the January 8 statement , which held that " critical to the expansion of access to economic opportunities is the implementation of a free higher education for students from poor and working class backgrounds whose household income is less than R350,000. This will be implemented by providing full bursaries for tuition and study materials to qualifying South African students at public TVET colleges and universities, and subsidized accommodation or transport capped at specific levels for those who qualify, starting with first time entry students in 2018. For returning existing university NFSAS funded students, in 2018 and going forward, their loans will be converted into full bursaries"

The question of education is a central question to any revolution. The basis of free education is said to be based upon education clause on Freedom Charter as adopted at the Congress of the People, Kliptown, and 26 June 1955 that doors of learning and of culture shall be opened!

All friends and foe quote this clause, let me quote it also "The government shall discover, develop and encourage national talent for the enhancement of our cultural life: All the cultural treasures of mankind shall be open to all, by free exchange of books, ideas and contacts with other lands, the aim of education shall be to teach the youth to love their people and their culture, to honor human brotherhood, liberty and peace. Education shall be free, compulsory, universal and equal for all children. Higher education and technical training shall be opened to all by means of state allowances and scholarships awarded on the basis of merit , adult illiteracy shall be ended by a mass rate education plan , teachers shall have all the rights of other citizens; the color bar in cultural life , in sport ,and in education shall be abolished"

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Speech by the National Secretary at the Eastern Cape Special Provincial Council

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YCLSA National Progressive Black Academic Summit

22 November 2017

The Young Communist League of South Africa (uFasimba) will be convening a National Progressive Black Academic Summit under the theme:

Decomodification of Higher Education in our Current Epoch: Towards Free Quality Education for the Poor.

Date: 24th-26th November 2017
Venue: COSATU House, Second floor, Ray Alexander Boardroom.

Opening Adresss by the YCLSA National Secretary Cde Mluleki Dlelanga

Address on Decomodification of education and its importance in taking the NDR forward. ANC Treasurer General, Cde Zweli Mkhize.

Address on Transformation of higher education, the role of government. Deputy Minister, DHET, Buti Manamela.

Address by the SACP SACP General Secretary, Cde Blade Nzimande

Issued by YCLSA

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