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Higher Education Committee welcomes release of fees report

President Jacob Zuma made the document public on Monday.

FILE: Students raise their hands and want to make submissions during the Fees Commission. Picture: Barry Bateman/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Parliament's Higher Education Committee has welcomed the release of the Fees Commission report.

President Jacob Zuma made the document public on Monday.

He established the commission to investigate the feasibility of free tertiary education following a wave of student protests.

Committee chair Connie September says government needs to ensure administration at universities remains sustainable.

September adds new funding models should not compromise academic and research capacity.

Meanwhile, economists have welcome a recommendation by the commission to have money from the unemployment insurance fund used to help finance education for TVET colleges.

Economists say having UIF contribute is sustainable as there will always be employees, which means there will be contributions to the fund.

Economist Thabi Leoka says it's important that the money is invested into a thriving economy and education system.

"It is a good investment into education but as only long as our education is high quality."

It's understood the commission suggested R50 billion from the UIF be used to upgrade the TVET sector.

A response from the fund is yet to be received.

Read the report here.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)