Wits starts ball rolling on fees

10 August 2016 - 09:22 By Poppy Louw

The first round of public hearings of the commission of inquiry into university fees starts today with Wits University's submission. More than 180 stakeholders are to make submissions on the feasibility of fee-free higher education and training.Hlonipha Mokoena, chairman of the panel that drew up the Wits submission, said in an interview that a new "hybrid model" was needed. Wits‚ UJ students vow not to burn any more buildingsUniversity of Johannesburg (UJ) and University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) student leaders have vowed not to burn any more buildings on campuses."This envisages a multifaceted approach in which [the] government (as main custodian of higher education), the private sector and university revenues (fees, donor funds and endowments) all contribute in various ways to the general wellbeing and sustainability of the higher- education sector," she said. Working grads could be taxed to fund varsity educationEmployed graduates could be forced to pay graduates' tax to help fund free higher education.When Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande meets university vice-chancellors tomorrow, he is expected to receive a copy of a Council of Higher Education report with proposals on 2017 academic year fees. Sources said he could make an announcement on fees as early as Friday...

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