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Zuma announces free education for poor university
17/12/2017
Obakeng Maje

Free higher education is about to become a reality for poor first year university students and working class ones starting from next year. South African president, Jacob Zuma, made this announcement on Saturday, ahead of the African National Congress’ 54th National Conference. 

Zuma said having considered all the reports and the state of the country’s universities and TVET colleges, in consultation with relevant departments, the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Higher Education and Training, the Presidential Fiscal Committee and Cabinet have resolved to introduce free higher education in 2018. 

The President said Government would increase subsidies to universities from 0.68% to 1% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) over the next five years, as recommended by the Heher Commission. He said this was also “in line with comparable economies in order to address the overall gross underfunding of the sector. This will be done in order to kick-start a skills revolution towards and in pursuit of the radical socio-economic transformation programme as outlined during the 2017 State of the Nation Address,” Zuma said. 
 
He added: “As a result of this substantial increase in subsidy to universities, there will be no tuition fee increment for students from households earning up to R600 000 a year during the 2018 academic year”.
 
The Heher Commission was appointed to probe the feasibility of free tertiary education after university students across the country protested against high post-school education fees in what became popularly known as #FeesMustFall. The governing ANC has for years also been calling for free education up to university level. 
 
 
According to the government’s decision as announced by President Zuma, the definition of poor and working class students will now refer to “currently enrolled TVET Colleges or University students from South African households with a combined annual income of up to R350 000” by 2018 academic year. 
Zuma said the Minister of Higher Education and Training will revise this quantum periodically in consultation with the Minister of Finance. 
 
“Having amended the definition of Poor and Working class students, government will now introduce fully subsidised free higher education and training for poor and working class South African undergraduate students, starting in 2018 with students in their first year of study at our public universities. Students categorised as poor and working class, under the new definition, will be funded and supported through government grants not loans. NSFAS packages already allocated to existing NSFAS students in their further years of study will be converted from loans to 100% grants effective immediately,” said the President. 
This policy intervention will enable government to extend fully subsidized free higher education to youth from over 90% of South African households. 
 
From next year onwards, eligible South African children of the unemployed, social grant recipients, South Africans earning below a minimum wage, domestic workers, farm workers, mine workers and entry level civil servants such as teachers, nurses, policemen, municipal workers, security guards, refuse collectors and informal traders amongst others will now access public universities and TVET colleges for free through grants provided by government. 
 
“In order to achieve its intended targets of access and success, fully subsidized full cost of study will include tuition fee, prescribed study material, meals, accommodation and/or transport,” the announcement said. 
  
 
A decision on how historical debt would be dealt with will be taken by Minister of Higher Education and Training “after due diligence has been undertaken by the Department of Higher Education and Training; Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation and the National Treasury to determine the quantum of funding required,” said Zuma.

 


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