In response to the Heher Commission of Inquiry into Higher Education and Training report, President Jacob Zuma has announced his decision on “Fee Free” Higher Education and Training for all.
On 14 January 2016, President Zuma established a commission of inquiry into higher education and training in order to best inform government’s decision making process in pursuit of a sustainable solution to the on-going higher education and training challenges.
The Commission was chaired by the Honourable Justice Jonathan Arthur Heher, assisted by Adv. Gregory Aly and Ms Leah Thabisile Khumalo.
President Zuma received the final report from the Commission on the 30th of August 2017.
Based on the recommendations from the report President has decided to make fee-free public TVET Colleges for the students coming from poor background and the working class.
- The provision of fully subsidised free education and training will be extended to all current and future poor and working class South African students at all public TVET colleges starting in 2018 and phased-in over a period of five years.
- All poor and working class South African students enrolled at public TVET Colleges will be funded through grants not loans.
- For TVET colleges, full cost of study will include tuition fee, prescribed study material, meals, accommodation and/or transport.
- The government will further invest in the training and development of existing TVET staff and the recruitment of additional qualified staff to improve the quality of teaching and learning at TVET Colleges.