SOUTH AFRICAN PARLIAMENT SEEKS VIEWS ON FEASIBILITY OF FREE EDUCATION

The Parliamentary Committee on Higher Education and Training has called on South Africans to make written submissions to the Commission of Inquiry into Higher Education and Training, commonly referred to as the Fees Commission.

The Commission was established by President Jacob Zuma following the "Fees must Fall" protests by students in tertiary institutions last year and is charged with determining the feasibility of free education in institutions of higher learning.

The Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee, Yvonne Phosa, said in a statement here Wednesday that it was crucial for all stakeholders to make an input to the Commission as this is a national matter which has the potential for a long-term impact on higher education and the fiscus.

"This is a legislated process where the voices of people should be heard on what kind of higher education they want and what funding method is feasible. This is really about expanding and making higher education affordable to benefit all South Africans," said Phosa.

She said the Committee believed this process would allow different voices to raise issues on free higher quality education in a coordinated, structured and reasonable manner. Submissions can be sent to Magistrates' offices throughout the country by May 31.

The Commission is expected to finalise its work in September, after which a report will be submitted to President Jacob Zuma within three months. Phosa called on all stakeholders to make use of this opportunity to put forward their views and suggestions.

SOURCE:NAM NEWS NETWORK

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