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South African academics left in the cold in country’s 2010 budget

University academics were left out in the cold in South Africa’s 2010 National Budget. This is in contrast to teachers and vocational education lecturers, whom Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan singled out for salary upgrades.

Education as a whole received the lion’s share of the national Budget — R165-billion for 2010-11. Higher education and training gets R23,3-billion and basic education gets R127billion.

South Africa’s 23 public universities will only receive R17,5-billion in subsidies, up from last year’s R15,3-billion.

The university system has been losing academics to the private sector, partly because of poor salaries. Universities spend more than 60% of their budgets on staff salaries, depending on their fee income, government subsidy and the size of their student population.

To read more go to MONAKO DIBETLE AND THABO MOHLALA’s article in the Mail and Guardian Online by Clicking Here!

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