SOUTH AFRICAN COMMISSION YET TO DETERMINE IF FREE HIGHER EUDCATION IS POSSIBLE

The Fees Commission appointed by President Jacob Zuma in January, says it has yet to determine whether free education in institutions of higher learning in South Africa is feasible.

It adds in an interim report that the prevailing view from submissions it has gathered so far is in line with the government's position that free education should be provided for poor students. The commission's final report is expected by June 2017.

Commission spokesman Musa Ndwandwe said here Thursdy: "It's not a full report and it doesn't mean that the observations that were made in this report will actually form part of the final report. But we have observed that the majority of people who came to the commission want the State to pay for higher education, especially for the poor and the missing middle (of families who do not qualify for free education but who face difficulties paying the fees)."

Meanwhile, Fees Commission Chairman Judge Jonathan Heher has defended the reason to only submit an interim report to President Jacob Zuma, adding that the idea only arose when the commission asked for an extension of the period for its probe into free education at tertiary institutions.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK.

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