University education can never be free‚ says SA's statistician-general

17 November 2016 - 09:46 By Bekezela Phakathi
Pali Lehohla
Pali Lehohla
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South Africa must not deceive itself with the idea of free higher education and should focus on finding a workable model‚ statistician-general Pali Lehohla says.

"There can never be free education.... Let us not deceive ourselves. Everything [has] costs," Lehohla said in Parliament after briefing MPs on the 2015 financial statistics of higher education institutions.

Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande announced in September that university fee increases for 2017 would be capped at 8%, and poor and "missing middle" students would receive state help to make up for the hike.

This sparked a wave of protests and renewed calls for fees to be scrapped.

The higher education fees commission is to submit its first report on the viability of free higher education to President Jacob Zuma in November 2017.

Read the full story inBusiness Day.

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