Commission of Inquiry Report on Fee-Free Education Released

The Presidency

The presidency has released the report of the Commission of Inquiry into the feasibility of making higher education and training fee-free in South Africa.

President Zuma set up the Commission at the beginning of 2016.

The final report was submitted on 30 August 2017.

Recommendations include funding the post schooling education and training sector, student accommodation, online and blended learning, funding for technical vocational education and training students, postgraduate students, historic debt and registration fees.

The commission recommended that government increase its spending on higher education and training to at least 1% of the GDP.

A call was also made for the development of more student accommodation, investigate the viability of online and blended learning, the replacement of the National Student Financial Aid Scheme in the funding of university students by the ICL system and the scrapping of application and registration fees across the board.

According to a statement, the inter-ministerial committee on higher education funding is processing the report.

President Zuma will make a pronouncement on the report once the committee has concluded its work.

Sabinet Cape Town Office