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UCT calls on Zuma to urgently release report on free education

President Zuma has received the final report from the commission, which is looking into the feasibility of free tertiary education.

FILE: UCT's Jameson Hall. Picture: Supplied

CAPE TOWN - The University of Cape Town’s vice-chancellor has urged President Jacob Zuma to release the higher education fees commission report as soon as possible.

Zuma has received the final report from the commission, which is looking into the feasibility of free tertiary education.

In a statement released on Monday, Max Price explains that UCT has delayed making a decision on the 2018 tuition fee hike as it wants the report made public first.

UCT spokesperson Elijah Moholola says: “UCT was supposed to plan its 2018 budget and would normally have concluded consultation with the SRC and other stakeholders by September. However, UCT delayed decisions on fees pending the release of this report, in order to not preempt the recommendation of the fees commission.”

On Monday, the Chancellor Oppenheimer Library on UCT’s upper campus was shut down as a precautionary measure ahead of an attempted disruption.

The facility has since been reopened.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)