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Fees Commission findings still a long way off

Chairman of the Fees Commission of Inquiry Judge Jonathan Heher maintains there is no short-term solution to the funding crisis facing universities.

The judge was delivering an update on the commission’s progress following its first round of hearings and amid student protests at some universities countrywide.

Heher reiterated that he is committed to working on the long-term feasibility of free higher education, reports EWN's Barry Bateman.

President Jacob Zuma set up the commission following university protests last year, to establish the feasibility of free tertiary education.

While the commission can provide no conclusive findings at this stage, the judge says that the submissions from interest groups show a burden on universities.

Heher suggests that there needs to be a greater balance of student intake between TVET colleges and universities, explains Bateman.

The judge has appealed to students to trust the commission and make their submissions ahead of the second round of hearings scheduled to start later this month.

The Fees Commission is expected to give their final report back to the Presidency in June 2017.

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