Student groups consider more protest action
Free higher education not feasible – report
Student activists unhappy with the details of the Heher report have warned of further protests.
This was in reaction to the City Press report that revealed the commission had found free higher education was not feasible.
According to the Sunday paper, the commission recommended that universities should use the income-contigent loan system that enables students to repay their debt based on their post-qualification salaries.
This would, in effect, replace the National Student Financial Aid Scheme that collects loans from all qualifying students.
It also recommended the contentious registration fee be scrapped.
Students lambasted the commission for failing to “address what we fought for”.
The Heher Commission, headed by retired judge Jonathan Heher, was set up after violent universities.
The commission looked into the feasibility of free higher education.
President Jacob Zuma received the final report from the commission on August 30, but has not released it.
EFF student activist Mpho Morolane said the commission was a delaying tactic from Zuma to “dilute the immense protest of students”.
He said he did not foresee a fresh wave of protests hitting universities soon because they had already started writing their final exams.
“There will be protests in 2018 because the Heher Commission will be unfavourable to us,” Morolane said.
DA Student Organisation Eastern Cape chairman Baxolile Nodada said he believed the country could afford to subsidise students.
Zuma’s spokesman Bongani Ngqulunga said the presidency was finalising the processing of the report.
“The consultation with relevant ministries is at an advanced stage and is expected to be finalised during the course of this week.”
Commission spokesman Musa Ndwandwe was not available to comment. protests in
Students in Cape Town marched to parliament on Wednesday last week to demand that President Jacob Zuma release the fees commission report.