Imagine you are watching Zizi Kodwa, described as “spokesperson of the African National Congress Youth League”, outside the court where Jacob Zuma was recently on trial. Kodwa was reported to have issued a call for “dogs to be hit very hard until their owners and handlers come out into the open”. My name, according to the reports, was one of four on a list of “dogs”.
What is higher education worth? This is a question that the recent revelations about vice-chancellors' remuneration inadvertently raises. It is a pertinent question. Not only does it pertain to the obvious question of whether top management within higher education deserve the amount it is paid, but it goes further to ask how the public feels about higher education. Do we as a society feel as if we are getting our tax money's worth in light of the amount the state contributes to this sector?