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DA: Govt depts must pull together for fees report recommendations to succeed

President Jacob Zuma released the fees report on Monday, three months after he received it.

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

JOHANNESBURG - The Democratic Alliance (DA) says that government departments need to pull together to ensure the success of the recommendations made in the Heher Commission report.

President Jacob Zuma released the fees report on Monday, three months after he received it.

The commission has recommended that the existing National Student Financial Aid (Nsfas) scheme model be replaced by a new income contingency loan system.

The Democratic Alliance’s Belinda Bozzoli says that this may be controversial.

“To convert everything into a loan is possibly controversial and all students will be eligible for these loans, which is a new thing.”

The DA says that President Zuma, who has been studying the report for more than two months now, must tell South Africa whether or not this report will form the basis of the ANC government’s new funding model for higher education.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)