ANCYL: Free higher education shouldn’t be confined to fees

The ANCYL says it’s vital that costs around accommodation, study material and travel allowances are taken into account.

African National Congress Youth League General Secretary Njabulo Nzuza ahead of his submissions at the Fees Commission in Pretoria. Picture: Clement Manyathela/EWN.

CENTURION - The African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) has called on the Fees Commission not to confine free higher education to tuition fees, saying it’s vital that costs around accommodation, study material and travel allowances are taken into account.

League General Secretary Njabulo Nzuza is currently giving his submission in Pretoria.

The commission was established by President Jacob Zuma to investigate the feasibility of free higher education, after widespread 'Fees Must Fall' demonstrations across the country.

Nzuza has told the commission that the league believes the calculation of fee free higher education should include five components.

“Tuition and accommodation fees, books and study materials and travelling from residence to campus.”

He says there is a distinction between fee-free education and tuition fee education.

“It’s the view of the ANCYL that the fee-free higher education system should, therefore, have no fee implications on issues primarily mentioned. The calculation of a fee-free higher education and training should, therefore, include these five components.”

The league says it expects the commission to be solution driven and investigate the issue of institutional autonomy.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)