December 15, 2015 / 2:47 PM / 3 years ago

South Africa puts aside $154 million for university fee freeze

Students protest over planned increases in tuition fees in Stellenbosch, October 23, 2015. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa will set aside 2.3 billion rand ($154.32 million) to fund a shortfall resulting from its decision to freeze tuition fees at universities next year, the Presidency said on Tuesday.

The government said the money would go towards addressing a 4.6 billion rand shortfall in a national student funding scheme.

In October hundreds of students across the country protested against the fee increases. A march to President Jacob Zuma’s offices descended into violence, before Zuma capitulated to demands to freeze hikes in tuition fees.

($1 = 14.9045 rand)

Reporting by Mfuneko Toyana; Editing by Ed Cropley

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