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Fees won't fall any time soon, according to the leaked Heher Commission's report. Here are 5 things you should know about the report!

City Press is reporting (link) that, according to the Heher Commission's report, tertiary education cannot feasibly be made universally free and alternative funding models should be adopted.

5 Things You Should Know about the Fees Commission Report

The Heher commission was headed by retired judge Jonathan Heher and was set up in 2015, following the first round of #FeesMustFall protests. President Jacob Zuma has been in possession of the report since the end of August 2017 but, as of 30 October, has yet to release it.

President Zuma has had the report since August 2017

Zuma's reluctance to release the report has frustrated students, universities and Zuma's own government alike. Blade Nzimande, recently axed Minister of Higher Education and Training, reported that Jacob Zuma withheld the report from him prior to his firing.

Fee Increased Planned for UCT: Fees to increase by 8%

Zuma withheld the report from Nzimande

The Heher Commission report recommends several adjustments to the current funding model. Here are 5 things you need to know about the report:

1. Cost-Sharing Model

This recommendation would see the government commit a fixed 1% of the GDP to subsidise universities and see students pay fees based on a "fair and affordable" structure.

2. Income-Contingent Loan (ICL)

This would see students repay their debt based on their salaries post-qualification. There would also be a minimum salary threshold, so this could see some students receive free education.

3. Scrapping of Registration Fees

Registration fees have long been an issue, with their existence being challenged by every round of student protests.

4. Fee-Free TVET Colleges

The Heher commission reportedly recommends that TVET colleges adopt a "fee-free" structure, with 100% of funding to come from the DHET.

5. TVET Student Stipend

The report also reportedly recommends that TVET College students receive a stipend during their studies.

What are your thoughts on this? While we wait for President Zuma to officially release the report, let us know what you think in the comments below.

Fee Increased Planned for UCT: Fees to increase by 8%

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