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4 key recommendations of the Fees Commission

All students, regardless of their family background, should be funded through a cost-sharing model of government guaranteed income-contingency loans sourced from commercial banks.

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JOHANNESBURG - The Presidency has released the report of the commission of inquiry into the feasibility of making high education and training fee-free in South Africa.

Below are 4 key recommendations of the commission:

*Funding for university students

The commission recommends that all undergraduate and postgraduate students studying at both public and private universities and colleges, regardless of their family background, be funded through a cost-sharing model of government guaranteed income-contingency loans sourced from commercial banks. It states that the existing NSFAS model should be replaced by a new income contingency loan system.

*Student accommodation

The commission recommends that government adopt an affordable plan to develop more student accommodation and that historically disadvantaged institutions be prioritised.

*Funding for TVET students

The Commission says that all students at technical vocational education and training (TVET) colleges should receive fully subsidised free education in the form of grants that cover their full cost of study and that no student should be partially funded.

*Registration fees

The commission recommends that application and registration fees be scrapped across the board.

Click here to read the full report.