Higher education DG Gwebinkundla Qonde says President Jacob Zuma's free education announcement is aligned to recommendation made by the inter-ministerial committee on higher education funding.
The Presidency announced that government will introduce fully-funded free higher education for students from poor and working-class homes.
Qonde denies that Zuma's announcement was a unilateral decision.
He says that department officials from Higher Education, Treasury and the Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation (DPME) have been investigating how to respond to the recommendation from the fees report.
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