Welcoming Message from the President:
2018 the year of free education
For years in succession, SASCO embarks in one of the most important annual programs the Right To Learn Campaign. The foundation of this campaign is based on our constitutional obligation to ensure access and holistic transformation of higher education sector. It is during this campaign where the legacy of the apartheid colonial rule that championed the segregation of our people’s camp along class, racial and gender lines will be palpable.
In the past years, majority of prospect students from the poor and the working class background have been turned away from the gates of higher learning institutions because they could not afford the skyrocketed fees and manufactured academic access points whilst spaces were reserved for those at the top of the economic pyramid. Institutional autonomy has been used as a ticket to run institutions as businesses where vice-chancellors act as CEO’s deciding on who must access institutions and how they must access, using the point system as the baseline without consideration of the socio-economic impact on the prospect student.
We begin this year in vivid spirit having emerged from a very united 20th National Congress. The congress mandated us to unsettle the status quo in the education system and adopted the following theme: “2017 the year of Oliver Tambo, the year of free quality education united to dismantle the doors of culture and learning”, we must, therefore, use this RTLC program to fight against the violation of the Right Learn and ensure that the doors of learning our opened for young people.
As a result of our spirited and concerted efforts we were able to force the government to bow to call for the implementation of free quality education by 2018, on the 16th of December 2017, the President of the republic Mr. Jacob Zuma announced the implementation of free quality education for the poor and the working class starting this year. His pronouncement amongst other things covered the following:
- Fully subsidized TVET education
- Conversion of NSFAS into a grant and increased threshold from 120 000-350
- Prioritizing infrastructure in the TVET sector
- Increase GDP to 1%
- Commitment to building student accommodation
- Cancellation of REGISTRATION FEES
- Acceleration of curriculum review
Following this pronouncement, we urge all our structures, members and our deployees to be vigilant against the reactionary vice-chancellors and corrupt Rectors in the TVET sector, we must ensure the full implementation of the government commitment willy-nilly.
TVET sector plays a critical role in the economic development of the country by providing much required number of skills as envisaged in the NDP, therefore SASCO this year will run spirited campaigns to boost the image of the TVET sector and making TVETs institutions of CHOICE not an extension of a university branch. Our cadres must be combat ready against the delay in the release of results and certificates in TVETs.
We call on all SASCO members to commit to serving the entire student population selflessly without a motive of material personal gain, and we must ensure that SASCO remains the shield and true representative of ALL students who are victims of the system.
Consistent to our demand for success, we wish to encourage all students who are due to write their exams to come back and prepare for their examination to ensure that they progress to the next level of their studies.
The South African Students’ Congress wishes to extend a special word of welcome to all returning students; we believe all students have prepared themselves to begin their 2018 academic year with much stamina and determination to succeed.
We call on ALL students regardless of nationality, class, gender, and race to join us in our pursuit for the accelerated implementation of free quality education and also join to become active members of SASCO.
We wish to send a special welcome to matric class of 2017 and congratulate those who will be first-time students both in the TVET and Universities, SASCO cadres are readily available to assist you.
On behalf of SASCO 20th NEC, I would like to wish all of you a successful year ahead. I hereby declare SASCO RTLC 2018 Open. Student first, SASCO to the Front!!!!
President Mjajubana Avela
Cell: 078 253 8406