The African National Congress (ANC) has welcomed the release of the Fees Commission Report by President Jacob Zuma.
President Zuma has released the Report of the Commission into the Feasibility of Fee-Free Higher Education and Training in South Africa on, 13 November 2017.
Full ANC Statement:
- The 52nd National Conference of the ANC adopted education as an apex priority and the need to ensure the progressive realization of free education for the working class and the poor. This was in pursuance of our stated objective to open “the doors of learning and culture” as well as ensure that “Higher education and technical training …is opened to all by means of state allowances and scholarships awarded on the basis of merit”
- Whilst we welcome the release of the report of the Heher Commission, there are a number of areas which are of concern to the ANC which we trust government will consider in the process of responding to the recommendations of the Commission. The report misses some key tenants of the progressive agenda we seek to drive. Free education for the poor and the working class is not under discussion, it is a policy position of the ANC. What the ANC expects rather is a discussion on the modalities to implement it.
- The ANC calls on government to reject the proposal for a cost sharing model which will further indebt students and the different classification of students. The ANC will further study the comprehensive report and engage government on how practically and urgently we advance the attainment of fee-free higher education for the working class and the poor.