Zuma: No deserving students will be excluded from higher education

The president says students won’t be excluded because their families can’t afford to pay fees.

FILE: Demonstrating students hold up placards during protests over tertiary education fees in Pretoria. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - President Jacob Zuma says no deserving students will be excluded from higher education next year because their families can’t afford the fees.

He’s announced the release of an interim report from the commission of inquiry under Judge Jonathan Heher.

Zuma set up the commission in response to the fees must fall protests that swept campuses at the end of last year.

It is set to hand over its final report at the end of June next year.

Zuma was asked about the fees crisis during his final question and answer session for the year in Parliament on Wednesday.

He has appealed for patience while the fees commission concludes its inquiry.

“We are appealing that the matter be considered. We should be patient. Wait and see what happens.”

Fee increases for next year have been capped at eight percent, while students from households earning up to R600,000 a year will pay no increase.

The interim report suggests that state-funded students should pay back all, or some of the money once they start earning.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)