Zuma studying interim free higher education report

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President Jacob Zuma yesterday received the Commission into the Feasibility of Fee-Free Higher Education and Training in South Africa‘s interim report and will be studying it to announce a way forward.

The commission was established in January this year by the president to inquire into, report on and make recommendations on the feasibility of a fee free higher education and training in South Africa.

The commission must file its final report by 30th June 2017.

The Chairperson of the Commission, Judge Jonathan Heher, has submitted the Interim Report to the President, after only three of the proposed eight sets into which the Commission had divided its work have been completed.

These three sets contained in the interim documentation are:

  • An overview by stakeholders of the terms of reference of the Commission
  • Post-school education and training in South Africa
  • The funding of institutions of higher education and training and understanding their operational costs

According to the Commission, the structure was determined with an appreciation that no properly informed recommendation could be submitted by the Commission without a full understanding of the factors that control and influence higher education and training in South Africa.

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