Student demonstrations against tuition fee hikes have escalated into violent clashes and could lead to year-long campus closures. A government spokesperson has admitted it could deter foreign students.
EduSA has resorted to court action over what it has called an “unconstitutional rejection of study visas”, following a longstanding policy impasse that EFL providers say has significantly damaged their business.
More intra-African and South-South cooperation is needed in higher education at both the institutional and government level, ministers from across the continent said at the Going Global conference in Cape Town this month.
Fears that South Africa’s English language sector is being squeezed by restrictive visa conditions have been confirmed in the latest statistics from Education South Africa. Figures show that student numbers at member schools plummeted by more than a third in 2015.