Varsity #feescommission of inquiry off to a smooth start

President Jacob Zuma established the commission to look into the feasibility of free higher education.

Students from different varsities demonstrated at the Wits university campus against the suspension of students, who have been excluded for not paying their fees. Picture:Kgothatso Mogale/EWN

PRETORIA - Judge Jonathan Heher has officially started the Fees Commission by telling all parties who intend on making submissions that their input is valued and will be considered.

The commission of inquiry into Higher Education and Training is sitting for two days at the Tshwane Council Chambers.

President Jacob Zuma established the commission to look into the feasibility of free higher education following the #feesmustfall protests last year.

Heher says the commission will submit its recommendations to the president next year.

"I'm looking forward to hear what you've to say and we, all as commissioners, welcome the input of everybody who comes to speak at this commission.

"The fact that you may have views that you think are perhaps not mainstream views or perhaps you think there are mainstream views, it doesn't matter at all, they will all be given equal consideration."