The PPF has called on society to support the free education policy in the interests of ensuring that South Africa builds a skilled society.
It called the anti-free education sentiments reckless. The sentiments are expectedly from those who have no knowledge of the pain with regard to bright and well deserving matriculants students who are failing to access higher education because of the poor state of their families;
“The sentiments are expectedly from those who have no knowledge of the pain with regard to bright and well deserving matriculants students who are failing to access higher education because of the poor state of their families; majority of which are black and Africans,” it said in a statement.
It was particularly concerned about blacks who were joining the anti-free education narrative when “most if not all of them are directly or indirectly affected by the agony and indignity these matriculants are exposed to”.
“While PPF is not oblivious on the issue or concern of affordability or not due to the financial state facing government, worsened by subdued economic growth and reduced tax collection, PPF holds that free education is among the most important decisions, well placed to address the socio-economic challenges facing this country including poverty, inequality and unemployment among the poor black majority,” the statement read.
“It is for the above background that PPF has no doubt that government will make and find means to find sources of revenue as it has previously done on matters that relate to social spending. There is no better investment with higher return for a country than investing in the educational future of its youth, so the ANC and government must be applauded for this radical act.”