Mixed reaction to fees report

The fees commission report found that free higher education for all is not viable and that other funding models will have to be explored.

FILE: #FeesMustFall demonstrators protest outside the University of Pretoria. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - There’s been mixed reaction to the findings and recommendations of the fees commission report.

President Jacob Zuma finally released the more than 700-page document looking into the feasibility of free higher education on Monday.

Zuma established the Heher Commission in January last year.

It was chaired by retired Judge Jonathan Heher after the first wave of nationwide student protests.

There’s been different reaction to the fees commission report, which has found that free higher education for all is not viable and that other funding models will have to be explored.

Pretoria University’s SRC’s Kwena Moloto has welcomed the recommendation to scrap application and registration fees across the board.

“Something that SRC for years have been fighting for.”

Universities South Africa's Ahmed Bawa says that he’s pleased that the report has given great focus to the development of TVET colleges.

The SACP’s Alex Mashilo says they are concerned about the circumstances under which Zuma finally released the report.

“The release of the report by the president was under duress.”

President Zuma says that he will make a pronouncement on the report once the ministers tasked with studying the report have concluded their work.

Meanwhile, Higher Education Minister Hlengiwe Mkhize, says she hopes the recommendations will help guide government.

“I’m hoping that as we analyse and we look at the whole report, government will come out with positions that will be fair to everybody.”

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)