Fees commission slammed over limited progress
The Commission of Inquiry into Higher Education and Fees in the country has got off to a rocky start today,
Students attending the first session in Pretoria have expressed disappointment at the way President Zuma’s task team has managed their mandate to look into the feasibility of free higher education.
The commission was appointed by President Jacob Zuma this year following violent protests by university students last year against the high costs of university fees.
The commission has maintained that it is not addressing the fee increment for 2017.
Among the submissions by students today have been for government to lower the public wage bill for ministers and other high profile public figures.
SA students union secretary general Sthembiso Ndlovu said the commission’s task team have been given millions but all they have done in the last seven months have been logistics for the enquiry.
“It’s really puzzling and disturbing from the side of students who are subjected to exclusion due to high fees in institutions of higher learning and you have a commission that has been bumped with millions but has only dealt with logistics.
“There is no commitment whatsoever from the commission to deal with the issues.
“We give them a submission they sit down and say thank you very much pastors you have presented very well amen,” he said.
SA Students Union is federation of student representative councils from 26 universities.