Those who opposed the protests will argue that the sacrifices made to secure these gains came at too great a cost. Students and staff were traumatised. Infrastructure was destroyed. Books and artworks were burned.
In South Africa, despite the difficulties, there are many paths forward. Ethiopia’s “developmental dictatorship” on the other hand, has only the option of a hard landing
The exodus of millions of Zimbabweans from their country meant that some 20% of its graduates now live and work in other countries
In countries where education is “free”, someone still pays for it – the taxpayers. The poor and middle class are paying for the rich to study