‘Drop fees at TVET colleges’
● The Heher Commission has recommended that all students at technical, vocational, education and training colleges receive free education and university students get government-backed loans they would need to repay only when they start earning above a specific income.
The commission was established in January last year to investigate the feasibility of fee-free university education following widespread #FeesMustFall student protests.
The report was finalised in August and the Presidency released its contents on Monday. The report’s main recommendations include:
❍ That all students at TVET colleges receive free education in the form of grants;
❍ That “all students, regardless of their background”, at universities be funded via a system of income-contingent loans, made through commercial banks. The students would make repayments only once they had reached a specific income level;
❍ The National Student Financial Aid System be replaced by such incomecontingent loans;
❍ The government increase its block funding to higher education as a whole‚ so as to reach at least 1% of GDP; and
❍ That registration and application fees be scrapped entirely.