The presidency has released the long-awaited Heher commission report into the possibility of free tertiary education.
President Jacob Zuma established the commission in January 2016‚ chaired by Justice Jonathan Arthur Heher following widespread student protests across the country for free higher education.
Read the presidency’s statement below (or scroll down for the full report):
The terms of reference of the Commission was to enquire into, make findings, report on and make recommendations on the following:
The feasibility of making higher education and training (higher education) fee-free in South Africa, having regard to:
The Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, all relevant higher and basic education legislation, all findings and recommendations of the various presidential and ministerial task teams as well as all relevant educational policies, reports and guidelines;
The multiple facets of financial sustainability, analysing and assessing the role of government together with its agencies, students, institutions, business sector and employers in funding higher education and training; and
The institutional independence and autonomy which should occur visà- vis the financial funding model.
The Commission was expected to complete its work within a period of eight months and to submit its final report to the President within two months of completing its work.