#FeesMustFall critiques neoliberalism

Is free education possible? Within a capitalist economy this depends on available government funds and the time and conditions needed for economic growth. But it could be this very system that is at the heart of the problem. Politics PhD candidate from Rhodes University, Mike Muvura, says: “At face value, #FeesMustFall is a struggle about free…

The interdict has “created a culture of fear”

Interdicts against students are a farce. They are not a solution, they are a threat. They are a gag in the mouth of change, and an insult to students who are taking a stand for something in this world. Since the #RUReferenceList on Rhodes University campus earlier this year, Rhodes students have been served by…

(Dis)trust damages campuses

Student protests across campuses nationwide signal that the trust between students and management/staff is fractured. This mistrust arguably goes beyond single issues such as fees or sexual violence. Rhodes University student, SAM VAN HEERDEN examines the fracture of this trust and the possible causes of injury.

Curriculum Conversations: Escaping the double bind

Sally Matthews talked about teaching Africa differently at CHERTL’s ninth Curriculum Conversations at Rhodes University on Monday 14 March. Matthews is from the Political and International Studies Department at Rhodes University. According to her, alternatives to teaching Africa are not really alternatives, and the way in which academics teach undermine their call for independent and critical students….

The wake up call: A reflection on Fees Must Fall

When Rhodes University told us it was closing for the day due to student protests about fees, a wave of different emotions awoke my groggy Monday morning mind. I felt relief over postponed deadlines, excitement at the novelty, and confusion over what the hell was happening. Had I missed something? For many, the eruption of student…