President had no free education announcement planned

President had no free education announcement planned

President had no free education announcement planned

The Commission recommends that all undergraduate and postgraduate 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 sourced from commercial banks.

The Commission was established to explore the feasibility of fee higher education.

Zuma's free education policy would cost R40 billion to an already constrained fiscus and put the National Treasury's budgeting process under significant strain.

Among the Commission's recommendations are that government looks into online learning as a solution.

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The collection and recovery of the loan will be undertaken by the South African Revenue Service.

"Should the student fail to reach the required income threshold, government bears the secondary liability".

For more than eight years, taxpayers' money has been used to pay for the President's legal costs in the so-called "Spy-Tapes" case.

UPDATE: The Commission has recommended that government increase its expenditure on higher education and training to at least 1 percent of the GDP. Should this not be possible, income-contingent loans (ICLs), which are loans tailored to graduates' salaries should be made available to these students.

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The commission recommended that the government pay particular attention to the Technical and Vocational Education and Training colleges as they can not perform at their current funding levels.

The commission has recommended that government find some affordable means of providing student accommodation, which has been another Fees Must Fall concern as many students have struggled to afford accommodation.

Zuma is expected to release his findings after studying the Heher report soon. The delays in releasing the report have frustrated students and management of university institutions.

The reports had said that the president had been looking for funds amounting to around $2,7bn (£2bn) from the treasury to fund higher education.

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The report says evidence from other countries shows economic benefits when the emphasis of higher education is on "producing technically qualified, work-oriented "graduates" in numbers which outweigh those of university graduates".

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