USAf raises concerns over Zuma’s tertiary education plan

The Presidency has announced that government will introduce fully-funded free higher education for students from poor and working-class homes.

FILE: Students make their way to the Union Buildings during the Fees Must Fall protest on Friday 23 October 2015. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Universities South Africa (USAf) says that it is concerned that President Jacob Zuma's free tertiary education plan excludes second- and third-year students.

The Presidency has announced that government will introduce fully-funded free higher education for students from poor and working-class homes.

Eligible students will be funded through grants, not loans.

The implementation of the plan will begin next year and will be phased in over five-years.

USAf CEO Ahmed Bawa said: “We also have a concern about the fact that second- and third-year students are not covered by the model and that worries us because what that means is that, at least for 2018, the majority of students that are in university won’t have access to that model.”