Essay On Public Policy Analysis Of Higher Education

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Public policy analysis of increasing higher education fees and how it affect University of KwaZulu-Natal Howard college students. This qualitative research will take a descriptive and explorative approach. The aim of the study is to provide a valid representation of variables that result to fee increase in higher education institution and also how the increment affects students. This study will mainly focus of qualitative data and also introduce quantitative data where necessary. With this regards study will make use of interviews, survey and secondary data to achieve its aim. This research will be influenced by interpretivism paradigm as it aims to understand effects and responses on students in the context of fee increase. Focus area of…show more content…
Due to declining funding to public higher education institution by Department of Education, universities have no choice but to increase tuition fees (Council on Higher Education, 2016). In 1999 National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) was introduced which substituted Tertiary Education Fund of South Africa (TEFSA). Newly established NSFAS aim to provide study loans and bursaries to students from underprivileged and working class families (Department of Education, 1999). NSFAS has documented circulation of R 9 billion in 2014/15 fiscal year (National Student Financial Aid Scheme, 2014). In addressing the challenge of higher education fee increment, African National Congress (2007) moved in favor of announcing free and/or subsidized education. Failure of meeting this agenda, South African have seen student’s protests in 2016 across public. universities. National Student Financial Aid Scheme has been among solutions government aims to resolve the challenge. Those who are not granted NSFAS funding are still expected to settle their own fees somehow. This poses constant challenges to policy makers as student protests every year raising the agenda even greater. Calitz and Fourie (2016) concur with African National Congress (ANC) 2007 Polokwane 53rd National Conference Resolution Document that levels of higher education fees are too costly. Ever increasing fees affect mainly the poor South African
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