Financial Aid and other government bursary programmes
As more and more young people flock tertiary institutions there is a higher demand for Financial Aid and other government bursaries programmes. The South African government is under a lot of pressure to deliver basic services to its citizens.With a population of over 55 Million people, the government has many obligations to fulfill. All these duties are enshrined in the constitution and it is every citizen’s right to demand these basic services.Amongst these basic human rights in the constitution is education.Education has been the most talked about subjects in the country for the past couple of years. It is a well-known fact that many of the country’s youth cannot afford to get a good education without the funding initiatives such as financial aid and other government bursary programmes.
Former South African president, Nelson Mandela was vocal about the importance of respecting the constitution. Amongst many of his important lessons, he stressed the importance of education for young South Africans. The country’s first president was once quoted saying “Young people must take it upon themselves to ensure that they receive the highest education possible so that they can represent us well in future as future leaders”. It is the youth’s right therefore to have access to financial aid and other government bursary programmes to further their studies.
This statement is powerful because it teaches young people that they have rights to quality, fair and even free education.It is the duty of the youth to take responsibility and fight towards finding a solution to the country’s education problem.As mentioned before, it is the government’s duty to fulfill these promises.The leader’s of this country must find more sophisticated solutions to fix the many challenges in the South African education system.The newly suggested tax hike must have a big positive impact on our education system, education should really be free after all. It is just unfortunate that it has come to the point where young people at higher education levels have to strike and protest to receive an education.
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