Higher Education and Training Minister Hlengiwe Mkhize has welcomed the decision by President Jacob Zuma to release the Heher Fees Commission report to the public.
“This [report] will provide an opportunity for the academic, student, and broader communities to study it and to familiarise themselves with the detail of Judge Heher’s findings, proposals and alternatives scenarios,” Minister Mkhize said on Tuesday.
The Heher commission, which was released on Monday, recommended, amongst others, that all tertiary students in South Africa be given access to State guaranteed bank loans, which they would only pay back once they start earning a certain income. The Commission of Inquiry into the feasibility of making higher education and training fee-free in South Africa has recommended that all students studying at both public and private universities and colleges -- regardless of their family background -- be funded through a cost-sharing model of government guaranteed Income Contingency Loans (ICL) sourced from commercial banks.
Minister Mkhize said that she would work closely with the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Higher Education Funding, led by the Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe, and the Presidential Fiscal Committee, led by Minister of Finance, Malusi Gigaba, who have been tasked by the President to process the report in detail. The Minister emphasised that it is important that the public, including the students and institutions- fully understand that the report does not pronounce on anything. http://www.sanews.gov.za/south-africa/minister-mkhize-welcomes-fees-comm...