Education in South Africa

Blade Nzimande

Minister for Higher Education

The government has committed itself to free and quality education, for poor students, up to the first stage of qualification into higher education. Amongst other things for instance that my department is doing now, is reviewing the National Student Financial Aid Scheme, so that that scheme is better able to respond to that need such that no capable student, who happens to be poor, must not be prevented [from accessing higher education] because of a lack of state resources and funds – that is at the heart of what this administration is trying to do.

The Minister for Basic Education has plans to build upon what has already been happening – to try and build safer schools. The government is committed to ensuring that we build safer schools and will create a better learning environment, a joint effort between government and communities.