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Unisa says decision on free higher education puts pressure on universities

University South Africa's CEO Ahmed Bawa says Zuma's announcement puts pressure on universities.

Unisa logo. Picture: Supplied

JOHANNESBURG - University South Africa (Unisa) says it is left with more questions than answers following President Jacob Zuma's announcement of fee free higher education for students from poor and working class homes.

The presidency made the announcement on Saturday effectively overruling the recommendations of the Heher Commission which looked into the feasibility of free higher education.

University South Africa's CEO Ahmed Bawa says Zuma's announcement puts pressure on universities.

“Our universities are already functioning at the edge of capacity, there’s no possibility without major investment in infrastructure for an expansion of the system.”

National Treasury said it is reviewing the details of the higher education proposals as well as possible financial options after the Presidency announced that the government will increase funding to support free higher education.

The Presidency issued a statement on the Commission of Inquiry into higher education and training on Saturday morning.

The commission recommended that government increase funding to the post-school education and training sector as a whole in line with increased costs for providing quality education and infrastructure needs.