President Zuma receives the Interim Report of the Commission on Higher Education and Training

President Jacob Zuma has received the Interim Report of the Commission into the Feasibility of Fee-Free Higher Education and Training in South Africa.

The President established the Commission in January this year, with an expectation to complete its task within eight months. However, after the amendment of its terms of reference, the Commission has been given an extension to complete its work by 30 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. 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.

The following are the three sets contained in the Interim Report:

� 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.

President Zuma will study the interim report and give direction on the way forward.

Source: The Presidency Republic of South Africa.

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