Stu­dent groups con­sider more protest ac­tion

Free higher ed­u­ca­tion not fea­si­ble – re­port

Sowetan - - News - By Yoliswa Sobuwa

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

/ BRENTON GEACH / GALLO IM­AGES

Stu­dents in Cape Town marched to par­lia­ment on Wed­nes­day last week to de­mand that Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma re­lease the fees com­mis­sion re­port.

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