ANCYL slams fees report
Provincial youth league branch labels Heher commission report ‘anti-poor, counter revolutionary’
THE ANC Youth League (ANCYL) in the province has rejected what it termed an antipoor report by the Heher commission on free education.
The league said the report had counter-revolutionary recommendations that would not help millions of black students who wanted to be educated.
The report, released on Monday by President Jacob Zuma, dismissed the possibility of free tertiary education.
Instead it proposed that the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) be replaced by a new scheme, which has received widespread rejection.
In a statement yesterday, provincial ANCYL spokesperson Sello Pietersen said the provision of fee-free quality tertiary education by the ANC led government was non-negotiable.
“In our view, it’s mischievous of the commission to provide recommendations which have absolutely no resonance with the terms of reference as we understand them,” Pietersen said.
He said the issue at hand was to look into various funding modalities and not present a “genetically modified NSFAS” under the disguise of some cost sharing model.
“Our government must reject this attempt to re-discuss what has already been adopted as the policy of the ANC, the need to implement fee free quality tertiary education.
“As the ANCYL we wish to remind our government that the ANC remains the strategic centre of power and implementation of its policies can’t be a debate. The Freedom Charter is clear on this issue and the Mangaung Conference crystallised it further Therefore, this report which seeks to further polarise our people on the basis of class is misleading and must be rejected with the contempt it deserves.”
Pietersen said the party should never be on the wrong side of history, standing opposed to the will of the people.
“We can’t afford to waste time anymore on this issue and its implementation is not only long overdue but urgent.
“The fulfilment of this generational mission of economic freedom in our lifetime, buttressed by the radical economic transformation programme can only be realised through an army of skilled young people in this country.” He said they will engage the Progressive Youth Alliance components to develop an urgent programme of action to fast-track this issue.
“We will continue to engage the leadership of the ANC and one of the pressing conditions for our support in the ANC will be the immediate implementation of a fee-free quality tertiary education now,” Pietersen said.
Meanwhile the league at national level also called on the government to take proactive action in fast tracking the issue in the National Assembly.
Spokesperson Mlondi Mkhize said the government should work around the clock to ensure that free education is implemented.
“We call on governmental to start implementing free education as of next year, 2018,” Mkhize said.
“We make this demand out of a reality that is not desirable in South Africa. We know in South Africa that the youth, according to StatsSA, are less skilled in contrast to older generations, that is bad.”
QUESTIONING MERITS: The provincial ANC Youth League has encouraged the government to reject the recommendations tabled in the report of the Heher commission on free education.