President Jacob Zuma's office has rubbished as "a fabrication" a Sunday Times article revealing that his plans to announce free education in his State of the Nation Address in February this year were stopped by the Treasury.
This would be for students attending private and public universities and colleges, regardless of their background, according to the report released by President Jacob Zuma on Monday.
"The President had appointed a commission of inquiry into higher education funding headed by Judge John Heher".
Speculation is rife that Zuma will giving the thumbs up to free tertiary education.
Collection and recovery of the loan will be undertaken by SARS through its normal processes. Should the student fail to reach the required income threshold, government bares the secondary liability.
The State will repay each student loan to the bank at a given date (say five years from the first advance).
The commission recommended that the government pay particular attention to the Technical and Vocational Education and Training colleges as they can not perform at their current funding levels.
UPDATE: The Commission has recommended that government increase its expenditure on higher education and training to at least 1 percent of the GDP.
It is unclear what will become of the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) if the Commission recommendations are accepted.
The commission has recommended that government find some affordable means of providing student accommodation, which has been another Fees Must Fall concern as many students have struggled to afford accommodation. Those cuts might include social grants for the most vulnerable and the budgets for housing, infrastructure and the armed forces, the newspaper said.
Coovadia said on Monday that they had been awaiting the report to be released in order to move forward. The delays in releasing the report have frustrated students and management of university institutions.
"I have made a decision to release the report prior to the conclusion of our work in processing it so that the public can have an opportunity to study the report while we continue with the processing thereof", Zuma said.
"I will make a pronouncement on the report once the ministers have concluded their work", he said.
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