Blade Nzimande: Policy on free higher education meant for the poor
He started making his submission to the fees commission of enquiry which is sitting in Centurion.
JOHANNESBURG - Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande says the government interprets the constitutional provisions related to education to include the realisation of free higher education for the poor.
Nzimande has started making his submission to the Fees Commission of Inquiry which is sitting in Centurion today.
#FeesCommission Nzimande: higher education read as a secondary right which government must make progressively available and accessible. BB— EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) October 13, 2016
President Jacob Zuma established the commission to investigate the feasibility of fee-free higher education.
The minister emphasized the provision of free higher education for the poor - not everyone.
"That has been how government has anchored this policy, because in terms of the levels of inequality in our country and - given our history - on who has been deprived of access to further education, it has been the poor."
WATCH: The Fees Commission hearing