Bongani is an education reporter at the Mail & Guardian.
The sector training and education bodies and companies together cause the system to flounder.
Pressing financial challenges that have befuddled previous ministers include health insurance, free education and the nuclear deal with Russia.
The province with the lowest matric pass rate in the country has begun looking honestly at its failures with input from employees, parents and pupils.
The M&G gets management's perspective on the growing frustrations students experience at being academically excluded due to a lack of funds.
University leaders and the government look set to lock horns over institutional autonomy.
Millions of rands are at stake and workers are also concerned about the question of contracts.
Support staff are finally being brought in-house, thanks to young idealists fighting for their rights.
About 200 students and staff marched peacefully on Monday to demand that UJ ends its practice of outsourcing workers.
The authors of a 2012 report mapping out the case for free tertiary education say the government has a moral obligation to enable the poor to study.
A veto on university fee increases is a victory, but the funding scheme still fails many people.