Opposition parties raise concerns over higher education funding

The president announced the way forward at the weekend after the Heher Commission of Inquiry released its report which looked into the feasibility of free higher education.

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

JOHANNESBURG - Opposition parties have raised questions about President Jacob Zuma's decision for government to subsidise free higher education for students from poor and working class households.

The president announced the way forward at the weekend after the Heher Commission of Inquiry released its report which looked into the feasibility of free higher education.

Among the recommendations was a 0% tuition fee increase for the 2018 academic year.

The Democratic Alliance’s (DA) Belinda Bozzoli says there's no indication as to where money for this will come from.

“The problem with this is it’s not funded or costed. Nowhere does it say where the money is going to come from. This is a very expensive problem. The funding has always been a problem for higher education. People have put forward wonderful ideas, but nobody has been able to say where the money will come from.”

The Pieter Groenewald of the Freedom Front Plus agrees: “We will have to get the finer details of the announcement. As far as I’m concerned, this is a last effort from President Zuma to try and establish a legacy from him as president to be remembered. The problem is he can do as he wishes, but his legacy will be the Guptas' state capture.”

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)