When levy is reduced it will allow us to finish studies within prescribed time and this will remain an affordable long distance education
We have realised that Foreign student went up from R520 to R1250 for the rest of African students outside South Africa and for the rest of the world R2400 per subject. Reasons given by UNISA and we quote "However, the foreign students’ levy that is charged by the university will be calculated on a differentiated basis taking into account geographic location, applicable currency exchange and fluctuations, mode of delivery to foreign students (paper versus e-tutorial
materials) etc." are not justifiable because the fees will be remitted as Rands on Unisa's end. We can accept the publicised 5% upto 11% increament and nothing else.
We feel like we are being punished and we cannot demonstrate and participate in the #feesmustfall campaigns because of location. We expect both a response and positive action from the University, and should this not be done we will be demonstrating at South African Embassies in our respective countries. This semester alone most people did not receive their modules at all or on time regardless of early registration and payment. We have also noted that the South African Rand has strengthened compared to January 2016 where it was over 1:14 against the US dollar, so this means prices should not change that much if not at all. As foreign students we are disappointed to see the burden of funding the University saddled on non South African students all over the world. It does not make sense for student in Zimbabwe paying the same levy as one in Nigeria. We refuse in the strongest manner this anti Pan African action.
The university should make as many as possible modules available online to avoid sending material. Receiving material via courier or post office should not cost the same. Also we should be given the choice not to receive postal material and correspondence. We are very much aware that local South African students still want the fees to be reduced. All we are asking is to be at par with our South African colleagues without paying double the fees.