Monday, August 22, 2016

Reports of no fees hike for 2017 denied

Leonie Pretorius

22 August 2016

Cabinet has denied reports that President Jacob Zuma has instructed Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, as well as his Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande to find money as to not hike next year's tuition fees at tertiary institutions.

Over a week ago, the National Treasury told theFees Commission of Inquiry , looking into the feasibility of free tertiary education, that such a decision was not budgeted for.

Briefing the media in Pretoria, the Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe, reiterated government's position that a decision on whether there would be an increase in tuition fees, would only be made after consultations with stakeholders.

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