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We desperately need state help to solve R14bn student debt: varsities

We don’t want to turn poorer students away, but Blade Nzimande must come to the party, say vice-chancellors

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Universities South Africa (USAf), the mouthpiece of the country’s 26 vice-chancellors, has confirmed that student debt up to 2019 stands at about R14bn.

Briefing parliament’s portfolio committee on higher education on Wednesday, USAf’s CEO, Prof Ahmed Bawa, said the outstanding debt now will be much higher than that.

“We received information that the current debt of students who have already left the universities, but who owe money, is about R7bn.”..

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