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'Govt remains determined to resolve barriers to access higher education'

Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane says President Jacob Zuma will make a pronouncement on the report after it has been processed by the relevant committees.

FILE: A student holds a placard at the student protest on Wednesday 14 October 2015 after Wits University proposed an increase of 10.5 percent in tuition fees for 2016. Picture: @Zoe_Ngwenyurr via Twitter

CAPE TOWN - Cabinet says the public should inform themselves about the implications of the Heher Commission’s report on the feasibility of free tertiary education while it is under consideration by government.

Communications Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane says President Jacob Zuma will make a pronouncement on the report after it has been processed by the inter-ministerial committee on higher education funding and the presidential fiscal committee.

“Government remains determined to resolve the barriers to access higher education and looks forward to concluding a sustainable solution for higher education funding.”

The Presidency released the report three days ago.

President Zuma appointed the Heher Commission in 2016 following nationwide student protests under the banner ‘Fees Must Fall’.

The commission has been led by Judge Jonathan Heher.

In October, a leaked copy of the report revealed that free higher education was not feasible.

At the time, some students campaigning for free education rejected the leaked commission report.

But the report posted on the Presidency's website on Monday is not any different to what was reported by newspapers.

The report does not suggest that free education for all is feasible.

It does, however, make several recommendations.