The implications of fee-free higher education
The South African government has validated the right of its citizens to free tertiary education. Since the #FeesMustFall movement in 2016, it has been committed to subsidising fee-free education for 90% of academically qualified university and college students. Yet these investments come at a cost. HSRC research draws attention to the potential consequences of providing… View Article

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Economic and rural development through gender-responsive water-management policies

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